Exploring Opportunities to Reduce Risks Along the Cancer Control Continuum

Exploring Opportunities to Reduce Risks Along the Cancer Control Continuum

LIVE Session Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 01:00 PM Eastern

Healthcare delivery, health disparities and implementation science are three of the “Crosscutting Areas” aligned with the cancer control continuum by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As noted in our newly released 2021 SelfMade Health Network (SMHN) Leadership Council Joint Statement Document, we understand that the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen disproportionally on the nation’s most vulnerable populations. We acknowledge the importance of seeking solutions to minimize the collective human and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Americans diagnosed with chronic diseases nationwide including: breast, colorectal and lung cancers; especially among low-income populations. And as noted in the National Public Radio (NPR) Special Series: The Coronavirus Crisis news article, vulnerable communities are disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A national consensus exists that there is a vital need to address disparities across the entire cancer control continuum including cancer care. Factors commonly identified as having the greatest potential impact on cancer health equity and patient outcomes include health system changes, healthcare access, coordination of care, patient navigation, community-clinical linkages, and community engagement. Both social and structural determinants contribute to disparities in cancer outcomes among medically underserved populations including rural and racial/ethnic minority populations. In addition, micro-level factors including health insurance status affect cancer outcomes across the cancer control continuum (including cancer survivorship). As Healthy People 2030 National Objectives continue to move to the forefront, ensuring a strategic focus on improving health equity to reduce late or advanced-stage cancers (including breast, colorectal and lung cancers) among populations with low socioeconomic status (SES) characteristics remains significant.

This webinar/webcast highlights a panel of experts and is designed to serve as a guide to advance cancer health equity among low-income populations. It features a summary of expert informed key findings and priority actions across and between the cancer continuum of care related to breast cancer, colorectal cancer and lung cancer impacting medically underserved populations. As a result, participants will learn more about how to apply an actionable framework across the cancer continuum to improve outcomes and enhance state strategic plans, cancer survivorship plans and health equity plans. In addition, examples of evidence-based interventions, promising practices, and resources will be introduced to assist clinicians, public health professionals and other disciplines with acquiring a greater understanding of how to apply health equity principles to strengthen health system interventions and health policy efforts.