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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.

On-Demand Webinars

ACORI Call to Action Executive Summary

ACORI Executive SummaryThe ACORI Call to Action Summit: Activating Equity in Community Oncology Research—in collaboration with Stand Up to Cancer—identified concrete strategies for engaging patients, caregivers, and their communities to strengthen oncology research. More than 120 people from 60 organizations generated 200+ ideas for action items to make cancer care research more diverse, equitable, and accessible.

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Overcoming Prostate Cancer Disparities in Care provide practical strategies for providing equitable care that can help improve early detection and care for vulnerable patients.

Defining The Role of Oncology Advanced Practitioners in Equitable Cancer Care Delivery identifies feasible and impactful opportunities for oncology APs to play a greater role in equitable cancer care delivery.

Health Literacy: From Assessment to Action features three case studies from cancer programs who are advancing their delivery of patient-centered care by integrating key attributes of a health literate healthcare program.


Digital Tools

The ACORI Clinical Research Terms Glossary will help establish a standardized understanding across the cancer care team, can improve patient education, and encourage shared decision-making conversations.

Health Literacy Gap Assessment can help cancer programs identify educational needs and pinpoint areas where targeted education could improve patient care.

Health Literacy Post-Assessment Resources provide tools from the six assessment domains to support your improvement plan(s).

The Ask Me 3® video teaches cancer team members how to better anticipate and respond to patients’ concerns by using a clear, empathetic, and effective approach to communication throughout the care continuum.

Prostate Disparities Resource Library incorporates publications, tools, and other assets to help cancer programs reduce disparities and improve early detection and patient care.

Cancer Buzz Podcasts

From Oncology Issues

  • Time to Get Screened
    By Amanda Patton
    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact in the rate of cancer screening across various states in the United States. Louisiana, Delaware, Kentucky and Northern Michigan serve as vehicles for an analysis of the disparity in cancer screening rates, before and after the pandemic.
  • Understanding and Mitigating Disparities in Bladder Cancer Care
    By ACCC staff
    Bladder cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the United States and is primarily a disease of White males over the age of 55. However, disparities in evaluation, management, and mortality persist in patient populations where bladder cancer is less common.
  • Developing a Cancer Care and Community Paramedicine Partnership
    By Michelle Goodman, RN, BSN, MBA, et al.
    Presbyterian Healthcare Services developed a unique service, offering patients with cancer certain clinical interventions and wellness checks in the comfort of their home that is provided by the Albuquerque Ambulance Service Mobile Integrated Health team.
  • Remote Home Monitoring of Patients with Cancer During the COVID 19 Pandemic
    By Mary Steimer, et al.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has created a necessity for the incorporation of remote home monitoring for cancer patients, in order to maintain the health of both the patient and the health care workers who aid them.
  • Billing for Oncology Social Work Services
    By Courtney Bitz, LCSW, OSW-C, ACHP-SW
    With increased recognition of the value of oncology social work services for patients, families, and providers, cancer programs and practices may benefit from a fresh consideration of billing for oncology social work services.
  • Auxiliary Personnel Involved in Comprehensive Cancer Care
    By Teri Bedard, BA, RT(R)(T), CPC
    Comprehensive cancer care encompasses a wide range of services that are critical to high-quality care and the patient experience.
  • Biomarker Testing in Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
    Leigh M. Boehmer, PharmD, BCOP, et al.
    A mix-method approach to understand clinician use of biomarker testing for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

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