8:30 am - 9:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Welcome and Introductions

David P. Ryan, MD | Chief, Hematology/Oncology and Clinical Director, Mass General Cancer Center
Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH | Director, Collaborative Care & Community Engagement Program, Mass General
Cancer Center

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Getting Comfortable and Gaining Skills to Talk About Palliative Care

Patient and Caregiver Narratives
Speakers: Vicki Jackson, MD | Tara Schapmire, PhD | Robert Diener, MD
Moderator: Jennifer Shin, MD, MPH

10:15 am - 10:30 am

Break and Introductions

“Hello, my name is…”

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Meeting Patients Where They Are: Hospital and Community Collaboration

Speakers: Diane Greer, MD | Mary Lyons-Hunter, PsyD | Lorraine Drapek, DNP | Megan Gomes, RN
Moderator: Inga Lennes, MD, MPH, MBA

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Progress Made: Advancing Equity in Cancer Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness

Patient Narrative
Speaker: Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH
Partnering for Prevention: Brian Dontchos, MD | Ben Macri, NP
Collaborating with Peers: Karen Fortuna, PhD, MSW | Robert Walker, MS

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Coming Together Across Disciplines to Make an Impact

Speakers: Tara Schapmire, PhD | Vicki Kennedy, LCSW | Michael Sharpe, MA, MD, FACLP |
Ken Duckworth, MD | Terry Mulvey, MD
Moderator: Joseph Greer, PHD

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Data and Narrative: Communicating Science to the Public

Patient Narrative
Dhruv Kullar, MD, MPP

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm


2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Toward Quality Cancer and Mental Health Care for All #DontDenyMe

Presenters: Terry Mulvey, MD | Brian Jacobsen, MD | Senator Cindy Friedman | Richard Frank, PHD |
Ken Duckworth, MD
Moderator: Michael Sharpe, MA, MD, FACLP


Closing Remarks, Adjourn

Breakout Sessions

Communicating Effectively about Serious Illness and Increasing Access to Palliative Care

Jennifer Shin, MD, MPH
Tara Schapmire, PhD
Kelly Irwin, MD, MPH

  • Identify strategies for individuals from multiple disciplines to hold conversations about serious illness

  • Develop skills and learn sample language to ask about hopes and fears when faced with serious illness

  • Identify barriers to accessing palliative care for individuals with serious mental illness and cancer

Caregivers: Practical Strategies to Care for Yourself With the Time You Have

Shukriyah Brown
Cameron Ware, MEd
Megan Gomes, RN

  • Increase awareness about the psychosocial experience of family members and community- based caregivers for people with mental illness and cancer

  • Identify strategies to develop a plan to promote self-care for caregivers

Increasing Access to Cancer Care and Research: Prevention, Treatment, and Survivorship

Cori Cather, PhD
Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH
Lara Traeger, PhD
Jeff Peppercorn, MD

  • Gain knowledge about barriers to cancer care and research for this population

  • Collaborate with experts to identify key components of person-centered approaches to cancer care and research for a population with complex needs

  • Discuss issues of privacy that can impact academic and community partnerships

Addressing Social Determinants: Innovative Models of Care Delivery

Imran Cronk
RIDE Health
Kira Bona, MD
Karen Burns White, MS

  • Increase awareness of peer models and how they incorporate research and recovery

  • Illustrate models of care that address social determinants of health and can be applied to extend the reach of cancer and mental health care including: patient navigators, telehealth models and peer work