Fall 2018 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Antoinette Stroup, PhD
NAACCR President


Hafa Adai!

Kids are back in school, leaves are strewn all over my driveway, there’s a brisk chill in the air, and Halloween decorations are everywhere…it must be fall. This fall season also brought the 2018 Implementation Guidelines, the NAACCR Call for Data, encouraging registries to submit using NAACCR XML, and, last but not least, some of our NAACCR members, including me, are heading for Arequipa, Peru for the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) conference (November 13-15, 2018).

I will be joining Betsy Kohler, NAACCR Executive Director, who will be giving a talk on advancing cancer surveillance efforts in the Caribbean; making good on one of NAACCR’s “Wow!” initiatives from the Strategic Management Plan and made possible through a successful collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, CDC, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and IACR. I’m also looking forward to a Keynote address on Day 2 (Wednesday, November 14) by one of our NAACCR colleagues, Dr. Guillermo Tortolero Luna from the Registro Central de Cancer de Puerto Rico (or the Central Registry of Cancer of Puerto Rico), who will be speaking about the use of cancer registry data in Puerto Rico.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our planned excursion to Machu Picchu, which is an Inca citadel (or fortress) built in 1450 high atop a 7,970 ft. mountain range near Cusco and the Sacred Valley in southern Peru. My hiking boots are packed, I’ve taken all the CDC-recommended vaccinations, and I’m ready for my very first trip to South America! Estoy Listo! Vamonos!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter @NAACCR, Inc. – be sure to like and follow us. You can also follow me @nan_cxreggeek…who knows what you might see from our Peruvian adventure!

[1] “Hafa Adai” is pronounced ha-fa-day and means “Hello” in my native Chamorro language.


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