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Dawn Holman, MPH

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Behavioral Scientist
Atlanta, GA

“Heeding the Call: A Coordinated Approach to Skin Cancer Prevention”

Dawn M. Holman, MPH, is a behavioral scientist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Much of her work focuses on identifying opportunities at the population level to reduce the incidence of cancer in the United States.

Ms. Holman has led the production of two supplemental journal issues: one in the Journal of Adolescent Health on opportunities for cancer prevention during pre-adolescence and adolescence and another in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on opportunities for cancer prevention during midlife. She also is working on similar projects that focus on cancer prevention opportunities during other periods within the lifespan.

Ms. Holman has a strong interest in skin cancer prevention and has taken a leadership role in many of the Division’s skin cancer prevention efforts, including examining national surveillance data to describe trends and correlates of sun-protective behaviors, indoor tanning, and sunburns among U.S. adolescents and adults. In addition, Ms. Holman served as a lead  writer for the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer and as a member of the coordination team for The Community Guide review of community-level interventions to prevent skin cancer.

Ms. Holman completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia with a bachelor of science and earned her master of public health from Emory University. Before coming to CDC, Ms. Holman worked at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University as the project coordinator of the Pool Cool program, a research-based, sun-safety education program designed for use at outdoor swimming pools.


Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH

University of Utah Health Sciences
Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion

“Health Disparities and Cancer”

Dr. López, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (A.B. Philosophy) and Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University (M.D.), is dedicated to translational research that improves access to care and the reduction of health disparities. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine, served as a Chief Resident and completed fellowships in General Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the University of Arizona.

Concurrent with her subspecialty training, she completed a MPH at the University of Arizona. Upon completion of her training, she joined the University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty. In 1997, she was named founding Medical Director of the Arizona Telemedicine Program. She was later appointed Associate Dean for Outreach and Multicultural Affairs and earned tenure as a Professor of Medicine. She has served as the Governor of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and currently serves on the ACP Board of Regents.  She is currently the Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion at the
University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Professor of Medicine, at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and the Director of Cancer Health Equity, at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

A passion for ameliorating health inequities and addressing human suffering characterizes the body of her work, which range from clinical research with molecular targets to health services research. All efforts consistently contribute to optimizing the health of individuals and their communities.

Most recently, Dr. López successfully competed for a prestigious Center of Excellence award (Arizona Center of Excellence, HRSA, 2012, $3.5M) and Health Careers Opportunity Program (Arizona Heath Opportunities Pathways to Excellence, HRSA, 2011, $2.2M).

Recent recognitions include: Leadership Award, National Hispanic Medical Association(2013), Service Recognition Award, American Medical Women’s Association (2013), Women
Who Lead Award
, Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona (2012),Woman of the Year, Hispanic Professional Action Committee (2010), Best Doctors in America (1998-present) and America’s Top Oncologists.


Sara Carbajal-Salisbury

Alliance Community Services
Board of Directors
291W 5400 S SLC, UT 84107

“Opening and closing statements”

Sara Carbajal-Salisbury is originally from Mexico City where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Business Relations. She has done studies in Humanities at the Westminster College and University of Utah 2013-2015. In 1998 she married Lynn Salisbury in Mexico City and moved to Utah in 1999. She is the mother of three children that she has raised multicultural and bilingual. She realizes the importance for the new generation to utilize more than one language and be sensitive about other cultures in this country. In 2002 she joined a team of professionals to start a Non-Profit organization, Alliance Community Services, with the mission of “Improving the quality of life for the Hispanic community by making health & social services accessible to them”. Since then she has been the the co-founder and Program Coordinator for the Hispanic Breast Cancer Support Group Triunfadoras, among other responsibilities. She has received training specifically for the breast and cervical cancer area and participated in many professional conferences dealing with health and cancer issues to better serve the Hispanic/Latina survivors. “Triunfadoras” has been the only cancer support group in Spanish offered in the State of Utah. Sara, together with the Alliance staff, has been dedicated to help cancer survivors be informed and comforted. She believes that union and education will empower survivors to have a better quality of life and overcome their fears.
She has also received Facilitator Training from the University of Utah, conducted focus groups in several health fields; participated in conferences with Redes en Accion (The National Hispanic/Latino Cancer Network), Avon Foundation for Women, and Utah Department of Health among others; received a fellowship award from the National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, a recognition from the Utah Department of Health Utah Cancer Control Program (UCCP) for her work with the Hispanic survivors and the support group “Triunfadoras”; currently she is the co-chair of the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN); she also serves as a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Intermountain Medical Center; and as a member of the Utah State Medical Care Advisory Committee; as a member of the Hispanic community, she serves as volunteer for different Hispanic organizations such as Utah Coalition of La Raza and Club de Mujeres Latinas.

Prior to her work with Alliance Community Services she worked with the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee and prior to that the US Department of Commerce, Census Bureau.


Anna Beck, MD

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Director, Supportive Oncology and Survivorship

Cancer Survivorship

Anna Beck, MD, is director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship and an investigator at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). She is also an associate professor of medical oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Beck’s areas of interest are end-of-life care and geriatric oncology. As director of Supportive Oncology and Survivorship, her goal is to broaden the spectrum of support available for cancer patients and their caregivers throughout the spectrum of a cancer diagnosis. She has been a community oncologist for 20 years.

Beck is the hospice medical director at Community Nursing Services Home Health and Hospice, which received “Best in Utah” awards for three consecutive years. She is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice and palliative care. Beck completed an internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a combined fellowship in hematology/medical oncology and geriatric internal medicine, at the University of Utah. She received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.