2018 Summit

Breast Health Global Initiative

BHGI Global Summit 2018

International Breast Health and Cancer Control: Improving Breast Health Care through Resource Stratified Phased Implementation

Convened in cooperation with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)

In May 2017, the 70th World Health Assembly adopted the resolution “Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach” calling on the WHO Director-General to leverage the work of other organizations “to develop or adapt stepwise and resource-stratified guidance and tool kits in order to establish and implement comprehensive cancer prevention and control programmes.”

In response, the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) invites your organization to join the BHGI Alliance, a public/private partnership, to develop a systematic, evidence-based, phased implementation framework, to translate resource-stratified guidelines into practice as part of its Sixth Global Summit on International Breast Health.

This Summit will provide a unique opportunity for the international community to examine the current state of scientific understanding regarding successful models of breast cancer diagnosis and care delivery and resource utilization, and to analyze issues affecting barriers in access to care. BHGI is a founding member of the Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5), a global campaign to reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes for 2.5 million women by 2025. The activities and objectives of this Summit are intended to support global efforts to develop practical strategies to achieve this goal.

DATE:             October 15-17, 2018

LOCATION:    Seattle Marriott Waterfront - Seattle, Washington, USA

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CALL FOR POSTER ABSTRACTS:    Submit by June 30 - View details

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  • Examine the current state of scientific understanding regarding successful models of breast cancer diagnosis and care delivery, resource utilization, patient management, and barriers to implementation;
  • Define phased implementation strategies for early diagnosis, treatment and supportive care that optimize value for resources used and improve patient access, treatment quality, and information transfer within existing systems;
  • Identify unanswered research questions that can help improve implementation of evidence-base strategies for breast health in diverse settings;
  • Develop implementation tools and metrics for mapping context-specific breast care pathways onto existing healthcare systems; and
  • Synthesize and disseminate findings from this conference as adaptable recommendations and implementation tools for improving breast health care in underserved regions around the world.


Benjamin O. Anderson, M.D.
Chair and Director, Breast Health Global Initiative,
Full Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Director, Breast Health Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Secretariat Co-Chair, BCI2.5

Julie R. Gralow, M.D
Jill Bennett Endowed Professor of Breast Medical Oncology; Adjunct Professor, Global Health, University of Washington School of Medicine; Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Secretariat Co-Chair, BCI2.5, Seattle, Washington


The 2018 Summit will address three distinct but interrelated topics over three days. Morning sessions will consist of didactic presentations; afternoon sessions will consist of panel discussions and guided working sessions to synthesize evidence presented and produce summary frameworks.

The goal of each day is to develop consensus manuscripts for publication as a 3-part series for peer reviewed publication.

Day 1: Phased Implementation for Breast Cancer Early Diagnosis

Day 2: Phased Implementation for Breast Cancer Treatment and Supportive Care

Day 3: Integration of Breast Care Strategies into Existing Health Systems 

Days 1-3 Detail

Day 1, Phased Implementation for Breast Cancer Early Diagnosis, will examine existing research and develop frameworks to guide phased implementation strategies for optimizing the time and accuracy of patient first presentation with breast signs and symptoms to the point of accurate diagnosis.

Day 2, Phased Implementation for Breast Cancer Treatment, will examine existing research and develop frameworks to guide phased implementation strategies for optimizing multidisciplinary breast cancer treatment to minimize the risk of cancer recurrence.

Day 3, Health Systems Integration, will focus on optimal approaches for integrating necessary breast healthcare delivery strategies, defined in the frameworks developed during the previous two days, into existing healthcaredelivery systems and the broader health ecosystem.

The morning sessions will consist of didactic presentations, and chaired panels; the afternoon sessions will consist of guided discourses to synthesize evidence presented earlier each day, and produce guidelines. This process was used successfully in the previous BHGI summits. Finally, abstract submission will be open to all registered conference participants and audience members, and accepted posters highlighting current research on relevant topics will be on display throughout the 3-day conference.


Three Key Groups:

  • Clinicians and governmental health care agencies
  • Public health researchers
  • Advocacy, non-governmental, non-profit and for-profit organizations

Groups include breast health provider experts, policy makers, oncology nursing, reproductive providers, health educators and community organizers, palliative care experts, breast cancer advocates, NGOs, local cancer societies and other allied healthcare providers who have an interest in or who provide healthcare for medically underserved women.


View the program schedule for the Summit featuring an excellent global team of panel co-chairs, speakers and panelists.


Day 1: Ophira Ginsburg (Canada), Cheng Har Yip (Malaysia)

Day 2: Alex Eniu (Romania), Miriam Mutebi (Kenya)

Day 3: Rolando Camacho (Cuba), Sue Horton (Canada)


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