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The Iowa Cancer Summit

The 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa (Map), on September 24-25. The Iowa Cancer Summit brings together professionals and advocates of all varieties to discuss and learn more about how we can work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa. 

View the full agenda here. (*Note: Agenda is subject to change.)


Online registration is now closed. Registration will be available onsite beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday and 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday.


Nursing CEUs: The Iowa Cancer Summit is offered in cooperation with The University of Iowa College of Nursing. The University of Iowa College of Nursing is an Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider, Number 1. Full attendance Monday, September 24, will award five contact hours, and full attendance Tuesday, September 25, will award six contact hours.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) have been approved for nine entry-level CECH (4.5 hours per day). 
Continuing education credits are offered at no additional charge. 



September 24 Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

Headshot of retired Iowa Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Harkin, a proponent of cancer care and research, has been recognized by organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and the Association oAmerican Cancer Institutes (AACI).

As a young senator, Tom Harkin was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. He knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. What emerged from that process would later become his signature legislative achievement - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

September 25 Keynote Speaker: Shonta Chambers 


Shonta Chambers is a seasoned public health professional whose career spans more than 15 years’ experience in chronic disease prevention, health promotion and women’s health.  Currently, she serves as Executive Vice President-Health Equity and Community Engagement for Patient Advocate Foundation. 

Shonta has served on a variety of boards, workgroups, councils, committees and taskforces, including, the American Heart/American Stroke Association, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, CDC Advisory Council for Breast Cancer and Young Women, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the CDC Expert Working Group “Role of Public Health in Screening Programs in an Era of Healthcare Reform”, DHHS Office of Minority Health Region III Health Equity Council and the American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Roundtable.

Event Brochure

View the Iowa Cancer Summit brochure by clicking here, or on the image below. (Note that we have applied for CEUs and CHES credits and will add that information to the brochure as soon as possible.)



Consider Becoming a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor 

You can help make the Iowa Cancer Summit what it is by becoming a sponsor. You help us bring top-notch speakers, great networking and premium learning opportunities to Iowans working to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. 

Contact Kelly Rollins at with any questions or to place your support. You can also submit your request for sponsorship/exhibitorship by using a form, located here

Thank you to the following 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit Sponsors and Exhibitors!                                                                                        

Image of the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center logo. Click here to go to their website.  Image of the Iowa Department of Public Health logo. Click here to go to their website.         BMS-Square-(2).jpg  Mercy-CR.JPG   

Image of Above and Beyond Cancer's logo. Click here to go to their website.   Image of the American Cancer Society logo. Click here to go to their website.  Genomic.jpg   Iowa-LOGO-C.jpg      Image of UnityPoint Health - John Stoddard Cancer Center logo. Click here to go to their website.



Red Shamrock
Heron Therapeutics 
Takeda Oncology
Compass to Care Childhood Cancer Foundation
More Moments More Memories
Iowa Health Information Network

Past Summits

Conference agendas and select slide decks are available for previous Iowa Cancer Summits: