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Members at the Kappa Alpha Psi meeting

It is estimated that over 20,000 people convened in Tampa for the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s 86th Grand Chapter Meeting in July, the crowd looked like a sea of crimson and cream. This was the second-largest Grand Chapter meeting in the history of the fraternity. 

Yes, there was a sea of crimson and cream, but there was also a very healthy sprinkling of Moffitt blue.

That’s because Moffitt Cancer Center was a sponsor and an active participant in this six-day gathering of the historically Black fraternity, which dates to 1911.

The “Konclave on the Bay” featured business sessions, social activities, music, education and a chance for Fraternity members, friends and family members to reconnect. Moffitt team members participated in a Health Day and a Career Fair at the Tampa Convention Center.

Several Moffitt team members also volunteered to speak at panel discussions to provide helpful insight to attendees on cancer screenings, cancer research and clinical trials. Sessions conducted by Moffitt experts included:

  • Cancer Research and Clinical Trials Participation. Moffitt team members included moderator Brandon Blue, MD; and panelists Tiffany Carson, PhD; Kedar Kirtane, MD; and Kosj Yamoah, MD, Other panelists included Karriem Watson, DHSc, of the National Institutes of Health; and Devan Bolden, MBA, of the National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match.
  • Cancer Screening and Early Detection: Ask the Experts Panel Discussion. Moffitt team members included moderator B. Lee Green, PhD; and panelists Mark Friedman, MD; Jhanelle Gray, MD; and Nainesh Parikh, MD.
  • Health Equity Luncheon. Cathy Grant, Moffitt vice president and chief diversity equity & inclusion Officer, spoke at this luncheon on the topic of health disparities for Black people and other minorities in the United States. She joined speakers from Genentech, Kappa Alpha Psi and Black Health Matters

“I cannot tell you how excited I was to see the Moffitt footprint at this national meeting,” said B Lee Green, PhD, senior member in the Department of Health Outcomes and Behavior. “I was so proud to see our physicians and researchers engaging with the attendees.  There is no question that by the end of the week Moffitt was a well-known name for people from all across the country.  Being a part of this meeting was important to us because we know the toll that cancer has on black men.

The meeting was a huge success and demonstrates Moffitt’s commitment  to our community. Huge credit goes to Moffitt’s Community Outreach, Engagement and Equity team, which makes a difference in the community every day.