Did you know the breast cancer survival rate is lower for Black and African American women than any other race? Or that only 5% of all clinical trial participants are Black and African American? This is unacceptable.  That’s why Susan G. Komen San Diego is focusing on strengthening community partnerships and building awareness to address this in San Diego.

On December 7th, 2019, Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Health Equity Luncheon will host a round table of patients, physicians, and clinical trial experts to discuss the breast cancer disparities facing our community. Our goals are to strengthen community partnerships and collectively catalyze health equity in San Diego. Join us to explore why African American women have a 40% higher mortality rate from breast cancer, and report worse side effects from some of the most common breast cancer treatments. Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber will be kicking off our event.

Susan G. Komen San Diego
Health Equity Luncheon
Saturday, December 7th
9:30am-1:00pm

AMN Healthcare
12400 High Bluff Dr.
San Diego, CA 92130

Lunch will be provided.

Tickets: $10
Student admission: FREE

Registration opens at 9:30am
Program begins at 10:00am

For more information or to inquire about scholarships to attend, please contact Dhalia Balmir (858) 573-2760 x109 or Dhalia@sdkomen.org.

Our Speakers

Dr. Kelly O. Elmore, M.D.

 Viva Life Health Hub

Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Dr. Coleman Obasaju, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Medical Director,

Lilly Oncology &

Global Leader, Diversity

in Clinical Research

Eli Lilly and Company

Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray

Senior Vice President &

Educational Entities

Practice Leader

Alliant Insurance Services

Dr. Kelly O. Elmore, M.D.

Kelly O. Elmore, M.D. is a board-certified OB/GYN, health care executive and chief wellness officer for clients across the globe. While Dr. Elmore considers her practice, Viva Life Health Hub in San Diego, as her home, she travels the world and sees most of her private medical concierge patients virtually.

After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Dr. Elmore completed her medical degree at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine on a full scholarship and residency in San Diego, California. Dr. Elmore holds a master’s in business administration, which she completed while managing her full-time medical practice, as well as her business, KOE Medical Consulting Inc.

Dr. Elmore is a high-energy and dynamic speaker who grasps the attention of her audience and leaves a positive and memorable impression. Her life motto, which she shares wholeheartedly with her patients is: “To educate, encourage, and inspire men, women, and youth to #Vivalife, starting with their health.”

When she’s not helping her patients, Dr. Elmore is giving back to the community, serving as an advisory member of the Logan Heights Community Development Corporation in San Diego. She also participates in humanitarian surgical missions and global education.

Dr. Coleman K. Obasaju, M.D., Ph.D.

Coleman K. Obasaju, M.D., Ph.D. is the Global Leader for Diversity in Clinical Research for Eli Lilly. In his current role, Dr. Obasaju championed an Eli Lilly/Roswell Park Cancer Institute partnership to develop a workshop to train and mentor minority oncology investigators in clinical cancer research.

Previously, he led the U.S. Oncology Medical Organization and oversaw U.S. Medical Liaisons in the Oncology Business Unit (OBU) of Eli Lilly. Dr. Obasaju has served as the Global Medical Affairs Leader for the non-small-cell lung carcinoma drug Necitumumab.

Dr. Obasaju received his Medical degree at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria in 1982. He then went on to pursue post-graduate training in clinical pharmacology and medical oncology at Christie Hospital and the University of Manchester, obtaining both Master’s and a Doctorate degrees.

In 2013, The National Medical Association awarded Dr. Obasaju the prestigious “Scroll of Merit” for outstanding work in the field of Medicine. They highlighted his dedication and tenacious efforts in clinical research, as well as increasing minority participation in clinical trials. In 2018, Dr. Obasaju received the Top Blacks in Healthcare Award from BlackDoctor.org and Miliken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.

Dr. Obasaju’s future goals includes collaborating with other societies and associations to establish centers of excellence for diversity in clinical research. 

Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray

Lilian Vanvieldt-Gray is a Senior Vice President and Educational Entities Practice Leader at Alliant Insurance Services. Recognized nationally as an educational entities insurance specialist, she expertly manages complex operations, creates strategic risk plans, and designs manuscript insurance coverage documents. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Breast cancer is personal for Lilian. In 2017, Vanvieldt-Gray found out she had stage III breast cancer in an airport on the other side of the world. She credits her survival to her mammogram, treatments developed by Komen-funded research, positive outlook, and the unwavering support of her husband, family, employer, Alliant Insurance Service, and her friends.

Since her diagnosis, Lilian has been a fierce breast health advocate for women, and especially African American women in San Diego.

“As an African American woman, I was shocked to learn breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and we also have a lower survival rate than women from other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. I believe in creating possibilities. We must do more. We need more research. We need more support services,” said Vanvieldt-Gray.

Lilian is a current member of Susan G. Komen San Diego’s Board of Directors and we are thrilled to have her on board. 

Opening Remarks

Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Ph.D.

 California State Assembly

79th District

Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Ph.D.

Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber was elected in November of 2012 to represent California’s 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego.

Born to sharecroppers of Hope, Arkansas, Dr. Weber has lived in California since the age of 3. She attended UCLA, where she received her BA, MA and PhD by the age of 26. Prior to receiving her doctorate, she became a professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) at the age of 23. Dr. Weber also taught at California State University at Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College before coming to San Diego State University.

Dr. Weber chairs the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. She also serves as a member of the Assembly Standing Committees on Education, Higher Education, Elections, Budget, and Banking and Finance.

Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Dr. Weber was the mayor’s appointee and Chair on the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission. She has also served on the Board of the NAACP, YWCA, YMCA Scholarship Committee, Battered Women Services, United Way, San Diego Consortium and Private Industry Council, and many more.

Moderated By

Dhalia Balmir, Health Equity Coordinator, Susan G. Komen San Diego

Having worked at a Fortune 500 technology corporation for 12 years, Dhalia expanded female-led and African-American led employee networks, building strategic partnerships with other diversity employee networks while influencing initiatives on representation, mentorship and development for female and black employees.

Dhalia earned her master’s from Wayne State University in Public Administration and her bachelor’s from Michigan State University in Social Science, Psychology. Dhalia is a champion of change who is inspired to create data driven strategies when it comes to diversity, and identifying opportunities to closing gaps. In her own words, “Taking the time to genuinely listen and truly hear what others are communicating, helps me to better serve and bring true value in driving change”.

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