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Roger Williams Medical Center receives outreach award from Latino Cancer Control Task Force

On October 17, Roger Williams Medical Center received the Champions of Distinction Award from the Latino Cancer Control Task Force at its 11th annual celebration. The award was given for Roger Williams’ efforts to “educate and improve access to prevention and early detection as well the care and quality of life of Latinos in Rhode Island.” Surgical oncologist Dr. Abdul Saied Calvino, who has led Roger Williams’ outreach efforts in the Latino community, moderated a panel called “Culturally Sensitive Care For Latino Cancer Patients”.

In September, Dr. Calvino, a board-certified surgical oncologist, received the 2018 Carol Friedman Award, given annually to recognize outstanding achievement in cancer care. The honorees were chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch. Dr. Calvino was recognized for his work since 2016 to increase colorectal cancer screening and education in Rhode Island’s Hispanic community.

At the Latino Cancer Control Task Force celebration, CharterCARE team members Amanda Mello, Adriana Gomez, Fredy Bermudez, Sheila Kaiser, and Gisela Gomes provided cancer education, blood pressures, and cholesterol screenings.

Dr. Calvino is pictured in the first picture on the left with panel members Dr. Mercedes Pacheco, Hope Health Medical Director for Hospice Services, Dr. Pablo Rodríguez, President and  Executive Director of Women’s Care, and Dr. Michael Alavian, a CharterCARE Urologist. In the second photo, Dr. N. Joseph Espat, Director of the Cancer Center and Chairman of Surgery, is pictured receiving the award with Betty Bernal of the Latino Cancer Control Task Force, and John Holiver, CharterCARE CEO.