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Achieving Health Equity in the Psychosocial Treatment of Cancer Pain

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 COVID-19 pandemic has led to a disruption of existing psychosocial services and has further exacerbated the disparities in access to these services among underserved patient populations. This has led to persistent and widening gaps across the cancer care continuum from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and care at the end of life for these patients.

On Thursday, October 7, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) hosted a collaborative workshop to deliver solutions that are desperately needed to make lasting changes in oncology care delivery.

The ACCC/AOSW/APOS Joint Workshop aimed to highlight the correlates of disparate outcomes for underserved patients despite the advances in cancer care and will provide strategies to advance health equity.


12:00 PM EDT
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Joseph Greer, PhD, President, American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)
Bill McDermott, MSW, LCSW, President, Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW)
Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, President, Association of Community Cancer Centers

12:20 PM EDT
Disparities in Cancer Pain

Smith-Cardinale-80x80Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Associate Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

1:05 PM EDT
Time is Up: Ending Disparities in Pain Treatment

Altilio-Terri-80x80Terry Altilio, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Social Work Coordinator, Division of Palliative Care
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

2:05 PM EDT
Achieving Health Equity in Patient Supportive Care for Cancer Survivors

Noel-Lailea-80x80Lailea Noel, PhD
Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin

2:50 PM EDT
Cancer, Pain, Communities of Color: A Policy and Advocacy Perspective

Woods-Phylicia-80x80Phylicia L. Woods, JD, MSW
Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute
Cancer Support Community

3:45 PM EDT
Panel Discussion & Closing Remarks


To access your CE Certificate, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://apos.cmecertificateonline.com.
  2. Click on the “Achieving Health Equity in the Psychosocial Treatment of Cancer Pain” link.
  3. Evaluate the meeting. (CE evaluation)
  4. Print all pages of your certificate for your records.

Questions? Please email Certificate@AmedcoEmail.com.
CE Learner Notification


For more information about this project, please contact Lorna Lucas, Senior Director, ACCC Provider Education.

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