Upcoming Webinar

The Impact of Culturally Competent Cancer Care

Melissa Rosen, MA
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 1:00pm ET

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Hosted by Sharsheret in partnership with AOSW, this one-hour training webinar will discuss the importance of culturally competent care for cancer patients. Not simply the politically correct thing to do, or something kind during a difficult time, this type of care has a proven impact on survivorship. The training will explore the issues through the example of Jewish women facing breast cancer. The training will include topics such as the diversity of the Jewish community; increased hereditary risk for Jewish women; and cultural, religious and spiritual issues that may impact detection, treatment or survivorship. Woven throughout the presentation will be examples of how this information is relevant to many other communities. Participants will also learn about the free resources Sharsheret can provide to all breast and ovarian cancer patients. 

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the psychosocial and physical impact of culturally competent care for women facing cancer.
  2. Identify resources for their work with women facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.   
  3. Acknowledge the diversity of the Jewish community culturally and religiously.
  4. Assess how culture and religion may impact diagnosis, treatment and survivorship of cancer.


Melissa Rosen, MA

Melissa K. Rosen, Sharsheret’s Director of Community Education, holds a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University (1991) and has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years.  Her professional experience includes informal education and programming, advocacy, and community outreach. Melissa’s work has allowed her to facilitate unique and lasting connections among organizations in the diverse American Jewish community. Melissa oversees community education throughout the country, training health care professionals, Jewish professionals and Sharsheret’s volunteers. She also manages the Sharsheret Supports Partnership program. Herself a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about the Jewish community and cancer support and advocacy.