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President's Theme 2024-2025

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, MA, MS, Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Equity in Research at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health, was named president of the Association of Cancer Care Centers (ACCC) on Friday, March 1 at the ACCC 50th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit (#AMCCBS), where oncology professionals gathered to discuss the convergence of business, policy, and technology in cancer care.

Dr. Barrett announced that her theme for the 2024-2025 year will be Reimagining Community Engagement and Equity in Cancer.

“When I was growing up…community engagement, learning from people and listening to hear people’s stories, their narratives and their experience was always a critical part of what my family taught me was important,” Dr. Barrett shared. “And I’ve taken that work and that knowledge and that understanding into being a person that really focuses on community outreach, engagement, and the opportunity to use that to advance equity in health.”


Dr. Barrett gave the entire ACCC family, community, and team a call to action: “[put] the patient and the community center in the work that we do…and continue to move forward in advancing equity in cancer [care].”

The content below includes contributions that address Dr. Barrett’s theme and provide a good perspective.

From the ACCCBuzz Blog

Cancer Buzz Podcasts

From Oncology Issues

  •  Addressing Social Determinants of Health through a Medical-Legal Partnership
    Allison L. Held and Molly Hunold
    Through a collaboration between legal and healthcare professionals, this Virginia based medical-legal partnership assists patients with cancer resolve social and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities.
  • Population Health Navigators: An Innovative Approach for Supporting Underserved Patients
    Carla Strom, MLA
    A trailblazing Winston-Salem based cancer center successfully created and developed the role of a population health navigator to address the unique needs of various underserved communities.
  •  Real-World Lessons from COVID-19: Driving Oncology Care Forward
    Amanda Patton, MA
    Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and from healthcare organizations actively engaged in assessing care delivery through the lens of health equity can serve as guideposts for the oncology community on the path to making cancer care more equitable.
  •  Center for Indigenous Cancer Research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Amanda Patton, MA
    One important step toward supporting the health of Indigenous Peoples was the opening of the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in January 2020. Its mission: to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  •  Going the Distance Bringing Cancer Care to the Navajo Nation
    Amy Hindman
    When people are diagnosed with cancer on the Navajo Nation—a 27,000-square-mile expanse of land that extends into Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico—many of them must travel hundreds of miles to receive even the most basic cancer treatment. Now, a small team of community leaders and national experts are working to change the situation.
  •  Wheels Up: Bringing Lung Cancer Education and Screening to Rural Patients
    Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP, FASCO; Mellisa Wheeler, BSW, MHA; Darcy Doege, RN, BSN; and Jen Tota McGivney, MA
    Lung cancer screenings are more effective and more affordable than ever before, but patient access still poses significant hurdles. Read how Levine Cancer Institute’s mobile lung LDCT unit brings lung screenings to underserved communities.
  •  Developing Skin Cancer Prevention Initiatives for the Whole Family
    By Debra DeNitto, BS
    In 2016, Valley Health, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving patients in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, partnered with a local dermatology office and various community and state stakeholders on a common goal to educate our community about smart sun protection decisions and the importance of skin cancer screenings.
  •  The Community Health Worker: A Cancer Program’s Role in Population Health Efforts
    Marla Moore, RN, BSN, MA; Rebecca Larson, BS; and Abhinav Chandra, MD
    In Arizona, Yuma Regional Medical Center Cancer Center leveraged the traditional Hispanic promotora, or community health worker, to reach high-risk and underserved populations.
  •  Bridging the Gap: Early Detection of Cancer for the Medically Underserved
    Renea Duffin, MPA
    Using two mobile medical clinics, Mary Bird Perkins delivers more than 7,000 free screenings annually for breast, colorectal, prostate, skin, and oral cavity cancers.
  •  Implementation of a Health Disparities & Equity Program at the Duke Cancer Institute
    Nadine J. Barrett; Tracey Vann Hawkins; Julius Wilder; Kearston L. Ingraham; Valarie Worthy; Xiomara Boyce; Rebecca Reyes; Maritza Chirinos; Patricia Wigfall; William Robinson; and Steven R. Patierno
    In this article, we share the experience of the Duke Cancer Institute initiative to expand its capacity to engage the community and the health system towards achieving improved population and patient health outcomes.
  •  Health Info on the Go! Community Outreach at the Farmer’s Market
    Nora Katurakes, RN, MSN, OCN, and Charlene Marinelli, RN, BSN, OCN
    Christiana Care Helen F. Graham Cancer Center shares how they developed an outreach program that integrates combined screenings, cancer risk assessment, and cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure testing at a local farmer’s market.
  •  Talk to Me: Improve Patient Engagement, Improve Your Cancer Program
    Chad Schaeffer, MS, FACHE
    The best cancer programs will be those that actively involve patients and their families in all aspects of their care. Indeed, if we are to be successful in competing for these patients, we must fully embrace the concept of patient engagement.