Association of Community Cancer Centers Joins the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, Diverse Cancer Communities Working Group

The goal is to identify and promote solutions to eliminate inequities in treatment for cancer patients

Rockville, MD—The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is pleased to announce its participation in the Diverse Cancer Communities Working Group hosted by the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC). ACCC leadership will be serving on several Working Group subcommittees.

 

“Despite significant progress in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment, cancer health disparities still remain in communities across our nation. The Association of Community Cancer Centers is committed to ensuring access to quality cancer care and looks forward to contributing to this critical work,” said ACCC Executive Director Christian Downs, JD, MHA.

ACCC joins 22 committed public and private partners in the Diverse Cancer Communities Working Group. Participants will join forces to identify and promote sustainable solutions to eliminate inequities in cancer care. The Working Group’s overarching goal is to “spotlight existing inequities to identify and deliver solutions to eliminate barriers to cancer screening, referral to appropriate healthcare providers, access to treatment, care, support and inclusive cancer research for all.” Members of the Working Group include national leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, government, academia, patient advocacy organizations, and life sciences.

“We are so proud to be working with the leaders of the ACCC. Our CWG partners embrace ACCC’s perspective, agreeing that “together we are stronger.” We look forward to the power of committed collaboration to effect change and sustainable solutions to dissolve barriers to health equity,” said Jeanne M. Regnante, Chair of the CWG.

About the Association of Community Cancer Centers

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) is the leading advocacy and education organization for the multidisciplinary cancer care team. More than 24,000 cancer care professionals from over 2,100 hospitals and practices nationwide are affiliated with ACCC. Providing a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, ACCC is recognized as the premier provider of resources for the entire oncology care team. Their members include medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators, and medical directors, senior hospital executives, practice managers, pharmacists, oncology nurses, radiation therapists, social workers, and cancer program data managers. For more information, visit ACCC’s website at www.accc-cancer.org. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and read their blog, ACCCBuzz.

About Lung Cancer

  • 1 in 16 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetime
  • More than 222,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year
  • About 60%-65% of all new lung cancer diagnoses are among people who have never smoked or are former smokers
  • Lung cancer takes more lives than the next three leading cancers (colorectal, breast, and prostate) combined
  • Only 18% of all people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive 5 years or more, BUT if it’s caught before it spreads, the chance for 5-year survival improves dramatically

About the National Minority Quality Forum and the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity

NMQF was founded by Gary A. Puckrein, Ph.D., President, and Chief Executive Officer in 1998 to address the critical need for strengthening national and local efforts to use evidence-based, data-driven initiatives to guide programs to eliminate the disproportionate burden of premature death and preventable illness for racial and ethnic minorities and other special populations.  The Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary, is a pioneering health care improvement information company that continuously measures population health, providing actionable analysis to clinicians, health care systems, researchers, corporations, and policy-makers as well as patients, their caregivers, and community leaders.  Through its exclusive data access, SHC uniquely promotes cost-effective health outcomes for all through big data analytics coupled with impactful visualization and education.  The data analytics are reported in multiple formats guiding innovative efforts to achieve the triple aim—better health care, improving the health of the population and communities, and affordable care. For more information about the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, please visit www.nmqf-shc.org.