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Health Equity

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) brings together cancer programs and practices united in commitment to advancing delivery and access to high-quality cancer care. ACCC understands the value patients place on receiving treatment in their home communities and supports its members and the entire oncology specialty in prioritizing equity, diversity, and inclusion in quality cancer care delivery and within the oncology workforce.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health equity simply and clearly: Health equity is when everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Health equity is achieved when all individuals have the opportunity to reach their full health potential, and no one is held back from achieving this potential due to social position or other socially determined circumstances.

Across healthcare—and cancer care—we recognize the critical need to advance health equity to lessen and eliminate health disparities is recognized.

ACCC continues to develop resources and tools to better understand and support equity initiatives in cancer prevention and detection, diagnosis and treatment, access to clinical trials, survivorship and end-of-life care. Please continue to check this webpage for new updates on this important work.


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ACCC Community Oncology Research Institute

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has established the ACCC Community Oncology Research Institute (ACORI) to build on its existing mission to close the gap in cancer research through optimal oncology partnerships, establish clinical trials as a standard of care in treatment plans, and help achieve equitable cancer care delivery for all patients.
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The Role of Oncology Advanced Practitioners in Equitable Cancer Care Delivery

As the oncology community takes action to improve diversity and equity in cancer clinical research and care delivery, in spring 2021 ACCC and Harborside hosted a “Virtual Summit to Define the Role of Oncology Advanced Practitioners in Equitable Cancer Care Delivery.” Over three sessions, a select group of thought leaders, including oncology nurse practitioners, advanced degree nurses, physician assistants, oncology pharmacists, patient advocates, and other members of the multidisciplinary cancer care team discussed the role for APs in equitable care delivery.
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3, 2, 1, Go! Practical Solutions for Addressing Cancer Care Disparities

To help address disparities in cancer care, The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS), Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology (HSCO), and Texas Society of Clinical Oncology (TxSCO)—all Chapter Members of ACCC—will develop and implement a community-based educational initiative that identifies and addresses disparities among groups specific to each state’s population. This includes the American Indian population living off reservations and outside of the Indian Health Service in Arizona, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and Texas' Latinx/Hispanic American population.

The program, called 3, 2, 1, Go! will task each state society with aggregating 3 “go-to” resources to advance equity in cancer care, making 2 recommendations to eliminate disparities in care, and identifying 1 major gap in care that the organization wants to address.

Visit the TACOS, HSCO, and TxSCO state society web pages for updates on this work.


Eliminating Precision Medicine Disparities

The ACCC Eliminating Precision Medicine Disparities project is focused on understanding specific barriers and challenges to equal access to precision medicine among underserved patient communities.
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On-Demand Webcasts




  •  Tailoring Distress Screening in Oncology Populations
    Laura Melton, PhD, ABPP, et al.
    Because interdisciplinary teams become specialists in treating certain disease sites, it is important to develop distress screening guidelines that best serve specific patient populations and their treatment.
  •  Carrie's TOUCH: Supporting Black Women with Breast Cancer
    Maddelynne Parker and Tammie Denyse, M. DIV., MCL
    With disparate breast cancer outcomes, lack of messages of hope, and limited available support for Black women, Rev. Tammie and her late sister were inspired to co-found Carrie’s TOUCH in 2006.
  •  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.
  •  Community Oncology Can Close the Gap in Cancer Research
    Amanda Patton, MA
    One of the ways in which community oncology is helping to close gaps in cancer research is through participation in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program clinical trials. The Lahey Health Cancer Institute, a part of the Beth Israel Lahey Health System, continues to expand access to clinical trials and, in particular, the NCI National Clinical Trials Network into the community by partnering with affiliated community hospitals.
  •  Trending Now in Cancer Care
    Alexandria Howson, PhD
    Rather than fielding its annual Trending Now in Cancer Care survey while cancer programs were experiencing unprecedented challenges due to the extended public health emergency, ACCC chose to facilitate conversations with its members to capture the lived experiences of the most pertinent issues impacting oncology practice and care delivery.