UVMCC partners with Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation

October 16, 2023 by Kate Strotmeyer

To reduce barriers to skin cancer screening, the University of Vermont Cancer Center works with the UVM Cancer Center’s community advisory board member, Chief Donald Stevens, tribal leader for the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation to bring skin checks out to communities in Vermont.

Indigenous Peoples Day Rocks! event in Stowe, Vermont on October 8, 2023

The University of Vermont Cancer Center partners with the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation to bring free skin checks to the community 

The incidence of melanoma of the skin is substantially higher in Vermont which had the highest rate of new cases of all states from 2016-2020. 

In an effort to reduce barriers to screening, the University of Vermont Cancer Center is working with the UVM Cancer Center’s community advisory board member, Chief Donald Stevens, tribal leader for the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation to bring skin checks out to communities in Vermont. In collaboration with the UVM Medical Center dermatology group, events taking place this fall include: 

  • Sunday, October 8: Indigenous Peoples Day Rocks! event in Stowe, Vermont 
  • Wednesday, November 15: Holland, Vt Food Shelf hosted by the Abenaki health equity coordinator, Miss Lucy Neal. 

The UVM Cancer Center’s community outreach and engagement team welcomes opportunities to bring cancer screening, prevention, and education to our community. If you’re interested in partnering with us, please email Rachel Zwynenburg (Rachel.Zwynenburg@med.uvm.edu), the Assistant Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the UVM Cancer Center.

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Related: First year medical student, Claire Baptiste reflects on her volunteer experience which heightened her interest in the field of dermatology in this Larner College of Medicine Blog Post. Read "Giving Back to the Community."


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