The American Cancer Society estimates that 11,980 people died from melanoma and 3,190 from other nonepithelial skin cancers in 2011, which is among the fastest rising cancers in the U.S.
Sophie Balk, M.D. (2015 - 2018)
Dr. Balk is a general pediatrician at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She practice pediatrics and teaches residents and students in a community-based health center in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Balk received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatrics internship and residency at Montefiore Medical Center. She has spent most of her career in the Bronx providing pediatric care to newborns, children, teenagers and young adults.
Dr. Balk’s academic work has focused on environmental health issues relevant to children and integrating those issues into pediatric practice. She has served on advisory boards and panels including serving as a member of the Advisory Committee to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. Dr. Balk has worked extensively with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric subspecialists. She is a past Chairperson of the AAP’s Council (formerly Committee) on Environmental Health. She is Associate Editor of all editions of Pediatric Environmental Health, a manual for clinicians published by the AAP; the 3rd edition was published in 2012 and the 4th edition is in preparation.
Dr. Balk believes that pediatricians and other clinicians have opportunities to educate parents, children and teenagers about skin cancer prevention. Thus, one of her main goals is to increase pediatricians’ awareness of sun protection and indoor tanning hazards. She is the lead author of the AAP Technical Report and Policy Statement on Ultraviolet Radiation published in 2011. She has lectured locally, regionally and nationally and published in pediatric and other peer-reviewed journals on indoor tanning and sun protection.
Dr. Balk has served as the AAP’s liaison representative to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention for the last 14 years. She looks forward to continue working with dermatologists, pediatricians and the many other members of the National Council around our common goals.
Shelby Moneer, M.S., CHES (2017 - 2020)
Shelby Moneer is a health and wellness education professional with experience ranging from social marketing to exercise physiology. Ms. Moneer is currently the Director of Education for the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), where she is responsible for all development, implementation and assessment of the education program. This includes primary and secondary prevention efforts to the general public, continued medical education hours for healthcare providers and patient and caregiver education through print materials, awareness campaigns, website content and over-the-phone patient navigation. These programs range from in-person and virtual events, all of which are free to the public.
For the past six years, Ms. Moneer has been involved with NCSCP and is a member of the NCSCP steering committee serving as a MRF core member representative.
Prior to joining the MRF, Ms. Moneer served as a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist with West Florida Area Health Education Center (WFAHEC), teaching adult health and tobacco cessation courses in under-insured and underserved populations throughout the Florida Panhandle. Before joining WFAHEC, she served as an exercise physiologist on Hurlburt Field Air Force Base, helping active duty and retired military members meet their health, wellness and fitness goals.
Ms. Moneer holds a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University and a master's degree in Health Education from the University of West Florida. She was a collegiate volleyball and softball player, began pursuing competitive beach volleyball after college and continues playing volleyball whenever she can.
John D. Antonishak
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