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Release Date: 03/21/2016

Join Care New England gastrointestinal health specialists at the Rhode Island State House for a special advocacy and screening event in recognition of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Teams from Women & Infants and Kent Hospitals will be on hand to address disparities and increase awareness about colorectal cancer screening in order to eliminate colorectal cancer as a major public health problem. The goal of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is to have 80 percent of Rhode Island adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. The initiative encompasses the pledge of more than 690 organizations to commit to reducing CRC as a major public health problem for adults 50 and older.

Physicians from both hospitals include, Christy Dibble, DO; Nnenna C. Okpara, MD; Mariam Fayek, MD; Nancy Botelho, RNP; Melissa Murphy, MD, MPH; Valentin Cristescu, MD; and John Issac, MD of the Women & Infants Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Health and Kent Hospital Affinity surgeons.

DATE:  Tuesday, March 22, 2016
TIME:    2 to 5 p.m.
PLACE:  Rhode Island State House
            Second Floor Rotunda
            82 Smith Street
            Providence, RI

For more information on the Center for Women’s Gastrointestinal Health visit or for general awareness information. If you are interested in attending this event or to arrange an interview, please call Hillary Costa at (401) 681-2821 or email

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