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.
Health equity and social justice are critical drivers of quality cancer care, and practice-based solutions are needed to reduce barriers and improve health outcomes. There is a crucial need for psychosocial and supportive care services to address the differences in social and economic resources and in timely access to high-quality health care.
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. As part of this mission, ACCC hosted the ACORI Call to Action Summit, a two-day virtual event that explored practical solutions to strengthen and diversify oncology clinical trials in communities across the country.
(Sep 13-14, 2021)
Learn how to identify key disparities in clinical trial access for patients with multiple myeloma and explore strategies that can help improve access for underserved communities. (October 21, 2020)
Learn more about resources which already exist, successful models for pharmacist integration into oncology research teams, and the unique skills which pharmacists offer the interdisciplinary team. (October 30, 2020)
Join Nadine J. Barrett as she details strategies to improve clinical trial accrual for racial and ethnic minorities, as well as other at-risk groups. (July 24, 2020)
The 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.
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.
Real-World Lessons from COVID-19: Driving Oncology Care Forward (2021-22)
Community Oncology Can Close the Gap in Cancer Research (2020-21)
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.
3, 2, 1, Go! Practical Solutions for Addressing Cancer Care Disparities
ACCC Community Oncology Research Institute
Appalachian Community Cancer Alliance
Eliminating Disparities in Access to Quality Cancer Care in African American Women with Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Eliminating Precision Medicine Disparities
Overcoming Prostate Cancer Disparities in Care
Personalizing Care for Patients of All Backgrounds
The Role of Oncology Advanced Practitioners in Equitable Cancer Care Delivery
Providing More Equitable Care in Clinical Trials: Oncologists Reflect Over Black History Month
Cancer Network, Feb 28, 2022
Clinical Trials, Bias Long-Term Goals for Health Equity in Cancer Care
Patient Engagement Hit, Jan 26, 2002
A critical component of reducing cancer mortality lies in achieving equity in care
STAT (statnews.com), Oct 10, 2021
Development of an Actionable Framework to Address Cancer Care Disparities in Medically Underserved Populations in the United States: Expert Roundtable Recommendations
JCO Oncology Practice, March 1, 2021
ASCO & ACCC Join Forces to Increase Participation of Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations in Cancer Treatment Trials
Jul 21, 2020
Statement by Association of Community Cancer Center's President Regarding Negative Long-Term Effect of Pandemic to Cancer Care
Jun 25, 2020
ACCC Statement on Recent Events Impacting our Communities
Jun 05, 2020