MEDIA ADVISORY: Susan G. Komen San Diego Hosts Inaugural Education Round table ‘E2 = Equality x Empowerment

MEDIA ADVISORY: Susan G. Komen San Diego Hosts Inaugural Education Round table ‘E2 = Equality x Empowerment
February, 2016 Client News
WHAT: Among African American women, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths, exceeded only by lung cancer. In celebration of Black History month, Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego) will be hosting a free panel of physicians and breast health experts to discuss and answer questions about breast health guidelines, screening and treatments.

Additionally, there will be a discussion of the disparity that exists with African American women. African American women suffer significantly higher morality rates, 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts. The discussion will also touch upon what can be done as a community to improve the mortality rate of breast cancer, as well as what tools and skills women need to feel empowered to speak with their doctor, ask the difficult questions and request understanding when the subject matter is not clear.

The panel will consist of prominent medical professionals including:
  • Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, Kaiser Family Practice, Retired
  • Dr. Rae Boganey, Kaiser Family Practice
  • Dr. Kristine Lethert, Kaiser Oncologist
  • Trena Louise Bennett, health and fitness expert.

WHERE: Neighborhood House Association
41 S. (West Room)
San Diego, Calif. 92113

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (See best time to cover below.)

BEST TIME TO COVER: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tentative Agenda:
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Tour Komen’s state of the art Mobile Mammography Coach, continental breakfast, and vendor information

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Round table discussion and Q&A

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Catered lunch


  • Physicians, breast health experts and members of the community having an open dialogue at round table discussion about breast health guidelines, screening and treatments.
  • Members of the community taking a tour of Komen’s state of the art mobile mammography coach.
  • Lorraine Hutchinson, director of community relations, Susan G. Komen San Diego, can speak about her survival story and being African American battling this disease.
  • Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, retired family practice physician, can speak about the importance of discussing concerns and questions related to breast cancer with your physician.
  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among African American women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
  • African American women suffer significantly higher morality rates, 41 percent higher than their Caucasian counterparts.
  • We have come a long way in the fight on breast cancer. But there is still work to be done. In San Diego, six women a day are told the words “you have breast cancer” and unfortunately one woman a day passes away.
  • We know if caught early enough, the most common type of breast cancer is 99 percent survivable.
  • Komen San Diego is the County’s largest funder of free breast cancer services and support and is the only organization providing qualified women the free services they need for every step of the breast cancer journey.
  • Komen San Diego services include free diagnostic mammograms, life-saving screenings, diagnostics, temporary financial aid for living expenses, meal deliveries, education, and more.
  • Also, next to the U.S. government, Komen is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world.


  • Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, M. D., Kaiser Family Practice, Retired
    Dr. Suzanne Afflalo is a family physician who was born in Kingston, Jamaica in the West Indies. She worked at Kaiser Permanente for 23 years and retired in September 2015. She has held several leadership positions, including chief of the Family Medicine Department, SCPMG professional staff president and preceptor and associate faculty at UCSD Medical School. She has volunteered in the community for over 20 years and continues to serve as a mentor to middle and high school students interested in the medical field through Kaiser’s Hippocrates Circle Program; Kaiser’s Summer Youth Program and the Delta Foundation Leadership Development Mentor Program. In spring 2014, she designed and implemented “A Healthier Me”, a program developed to decrease the morbidity and mortality of African Americans with various cardiovascular risks.
  • Dr. Rae Boganey, M.D., Kaiser Family Practice, Internist
    Dr. Rae Felice Boganey attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University Hospitals of Cleveland/Rainbow Babies Hospital and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. In addition to her clinical work, she was the consulting physician leading outpatient quality for the more than 500,000 Kaiser Permanente members in San Diego. Most recently, Dr. Boganey has returned to full-time clinical work, maintaining her practice at the Clairemont Mesa Medical Office Building. She is a member of the International Women’s Leadership Association and National Association of Profession Women, who selected her as Woman of the Year in 2013-2014. She was selected as an “Everyday Hero” for delivery of a baby with her medical office team in their parking lot in 2007. Voted by her patients, Dr. Boganey won the Most Compassionate Physician of Kaiser, San Diego in 2005.
  • Trena Louise Bennett, Wellness and Lifestyle Expert?
    Trena L. Bennett is president and founder of GospelCise Fitness & Wellness Ministries Inc. She is the director of the Lopez Ridge Recreation Center for the City of San Diego, where she motivates and encourages people to get fit in both her personal and professional life. As the director of the Lopez Ridge Recreation Center, she worked as the liaison and coordinator for the Park and Recreation Department’s partnership with San Diego State University Child Obesity MOVE/Me Project, which ended May 2010.
  • Dr. Kristine Lethert, M.D., Kaiser Oncologist, Hematology and Oncology?
    Kristine Lethert, M.D., is a Hematology and Medical Oncology physician at Kaiser Permanente San Diego. Her prior research focus was on barriers to enrollment of breast cancer patients in clinical trials and symptom management from side effects of hormone treatments for breast cancer. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. She has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2012.
  • Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego County, Health Officer
    Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H. is trained in Family Medicine and has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She remains a volunteer associate clinical professor in the department and is an adjunct professor at SDSU’s Graduate School of Public Health. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the deputy health officer and now serving as the public health officer since February 2007. In her current role, she has oversight for almost 500 employees and a budget of approximately $100M, serving a county of 3.2 million residents.