Educational Lectures

Educational Lectures provide access to valuable information including medical, legal, financial, and other cancer specific topics. All Red Door Community lectures are free and open to members and the general public. Here is a selection of our previous lectures. For a list of upcoming lectures visit our Program Calendar.

How Do We Know When Stress Shows Up In Our Lives? 
April 26, 2021
Facilitated by
Haley Feldman, LCSW &
Migdalia Torres, LCSW-R

This lecture covers the differences between stress and anxiety – how they affect your physical and mental well being. Facilitators Haley & Migdalia also cover ways to manage both.  

Medical Cannabis: Cancer Pain Management & More
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Facilitated by Dara Huang, M.D., Manhattan Compassionate Care.

In this lecture, Dr. Huang talks about the science and history of medical cannabis, how it differs from recreational marijuana, and when and how it can be helpful for symptom relief for patients living with cancer. However, it is still controversial and not lawful in all states. She also discusses the required administrative process to get a cannabis prescription in New York State.

BRCA Genetics and Hereditary Caner in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population
October 23, 2018
Speaker: Melissa K. Rosen, MA, Director of National Outreach & Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, Genetics Program Coordinator of Sharsheret

Melissa K. Rosen and Peggy Cottrell will present an overview on the BRCA genes and what it means to carry the mutation. Those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are 10x more likely to carry the BRCA mutation. They will focus on the genetic implications among the Ashkenazi population. They will also review who should consider genetic screening and what should be considered prior to screening as well.

Healthcare Planning: National Healthcare Decision Day
May 17, 2022 ; 12-1pm 

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

Private Insurance: Coverage Denials and the Appeals Process
May 18, 2022 ; 2:30 – 4:00pm

This presentation provides an overview of key aspects of health insurance coverage for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Health-related laws that offer crucial benefits and protections for cancer patients will be highlighted, including HIPAA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and relevant sections of the Affordable Care Act.  The presentation will also focus on the most frequent reasons used by insurers for denying health insurance claims, including “lack of medical necessity” and “experimental/investigational” treatment, and will provide strategies for successfully appealing these denials – both at the insurer and state levels.

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