On February 2, 2022, President Biden announced plans to revamp the federal Cancer Moonshot program he spearheaded in 2016, with a goal of reducing the cancer death rate by at least 50% over the next 25 years and improving the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer by increasing cancer screenings, increasing access to clinical trials, and investing in new treatments, among other initiatives.
To help in this effort, ACCC made available to the White House resources and tools from its member programs, with a specific focus on cancer prevention for underserved and marginalized patient populations. Read More.
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, leaders from the patient and caregiver community, foundations, non-profits, companies, healthcare providers, and others came together at the White House and virtually at the “Cancer Moonshot: Goals Forum.” In September, ACCC was again invited to attend and participate in ongoing Moonshot activities, this time in Boston at the Kennedy Library. Lekan Ajayi, PharmD, MBA, ACCC's President-Elect attended the session in Boston.
The President and First Lady announced a call to action on cancer screening to jumpstart progress on the nearly 10 million screenings in the United States that were missed as a result of the pandemic.
ACCC was identified by the White House as one of the five private sector actions in response to the goal of Bringing Cancer Screening to More Communities for its efforts to create the “Rural Appalachian Lung Cancer Screening Initiative." Read more on whitehouse.gov.
ACCC is a long-time supporter of Cancer Moonshot. ACCC President (2016-2017) Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, participated in a June 29, 2016, Cancer Moonshot Summit held in Washington, D.C., where a diverse group of stakeholders, including cancer patients, advocacy groups, researchers, providers, and industry members, was tasked with developing action items to address a number of challenges in cancer care, including access to clinical trials; ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities; use of precision medicine; and cancer prevention and control.
As Cancer Moonshot reignites, ACCC will continue to support the White House and leverage the expertise and resources of its member programs to achieve equitable quality care for all patients with cancer and their families. Stay tuned for ways you can get involved!
Dr. Jennie R. Crews, ACCC 2016-17 President, discusses ACCC's involvement in the White House's Cancer Moonshot initiative--from its launch in 2016 to the new energy generated by President Biden's revamp of the program in February 2022. Then hear how ACCC's legislative priorities into the Cancer Moonshot's commitment to increase cancer survivorship and reduce barriers to equitable cancer care.
To obtain an on-the-ground perspective of how cancer programs’ screening and outreach education efforts are recovering from pandemic pressures, the ACCCBuzz blog spoke to four cancer programs in January 2022 for “The Long Road to Recovery: A Snapshot of Cancer Screening in the U.S.”
Read what these ACCC member programs across the country are doing today to improve equitable screening and outreach.
ACCC Position on the Cancer Moonshot Relaunch
Mar 2, 2022
Association of Community Cancer Centers Supports Biden’s Moonshot Plans,Offers Resources and Tools to White House Effort
Feb 15, 2022
Association of Community Cancer Centers' Resources Support Cancer Moonshot Recommendations
Sep 13, 2016
ACCC President Jennie R. Crews, MD, MMM, FACP, to Participate in Cancer Moonshot Summit in Nation’s Capital
Jun 22, 2016
ACCC leadership visited the White House to participate in the Cancer Moonshot and advocated for community oncology on Capitol Hill.
ACCC President Dr. Jennie R. Crews participated in a follow-up Cancer Moonshot panel on January 11, 2017.
ACCC represented by its 2016-17 President, Dr. Jennie R. Crews, at a Cancer Moonshot panel on October 17, 2016.