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How to Talk to Your Doctor and Medical Team Effectively
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Black Myeloma Health Community Chapter
event Sep 23, 2021 / 01:00PM - 02:00PM CDT

Event Description

Due to healthcare disparities and other inhibiting factors, communicating with our doctors and healthcare teams can prove to be extra challenging. How can we communicate effectively and make sure we are getting the best treatment from the medical teams in charge of our care? 

Schedule & Agenda

Valarie Traynham
Valarie welcomes the group, presents the event agenda, and introduces our key speaker. 
Amy Pierre, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Amy presents how we can learn to effectively talk to our medical teams, overcome disparities in the healthcare space, and become more educated empowered patients. 
Group Discussion and Questions
Together we discuss how we can apply what we have been taught. The session is also opened up for questions and answers. 

Speakers & Moderators

The panelist Valarie Traynham
Valarie Traynham

“I became a Myeloma Coach after meeting many patients who did not have a peer mentor to ask questions and find relevant information about myeloma.”

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The panelist Amy Pierre, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
Amy Pierre, RN, MSN, ANP-BC

Amy Pierre received a bachelor’s degree in biology at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a master’s degree in nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut. While at Yale University, Ms. Pierre specialized in the care of adult oncology patients. Her thesis was focused on the quality of life and health behaviors of African American breast cancer survivors. At Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Ms. Pierre provided quality care as a nurse practitioner to a variety of oncology patients focused on hematology and breast medical oncology. While at Tufts Medical Center, she provided comprehensive medical and psychosocial care of hospitalized patients with life-threatening medical conditions as the lead palliative care nurse practitioner. Ms. Pierre was instrumental in the development of the palliative care program at Tufts Medical Center and served as a resource and educator for the hospital on all issues related to palliative care. At the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, Ms. Pierre became one of the nurse leaders in the myeloma division providing comprehensive care to a range of patients with plasma cell dyscrasias. At Memorial Sloan Kettering in Montvale, NJ, Ms. Pierre serves as the expert hematology nurse practitioner in caring for patients with lymphoma and multiple myeloma. In her position as a Clinical Director in the Research Oncology division at Flatiron Health, she supports the development of research products and provides clinical support for the research organization. Additionally, she is part of the race and ethnicity data working group at Flatiron Health, a project designed to solely to focus on improving research efforts in analyzing oncology health care disparities in real world data. Ms. Pierre has coauthored publications in the journals Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, Cancer, Clinical Cancer Research, Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, and Seminars in Oncology Nursing. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), the Professional Development and Leadership Committee and also chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for APSHO. Ms. Pierre is on the advisory council to the International Myeloma Foundation’s African American Initiative, an endeavor to tackle the marked racial disparities observed in multiple myeloma, and she is lead author on “African American Patients with Multiple Myeloma: Optimizing Care to Decrease Racial Disparities” in CJON, as well as a chapter entitled: “Care of Special Populations” in Multiple Myeloma: A Textbook for Nurses (3rd ed.) Ms. Pierre serves as a member of the International Myeloma Foundation’s Nurse Leadership Board (NLB), working to improve the nursing care and self-care of patients with myeloma. In her role on the NLB, Ms. Pierre has made valuable contributions to the education of both patients and nurses through educational seminars across the country.

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