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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.

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LUNGevity 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

March 13, 2018—LUNGevity is proud to announce that the Foundation is serving on three subcommittees of the Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity, founded by the National Minority Quality Forum. As one of two US patient advocacy organizations on the Diverse Cancer Communities Working Group (CWG), LUNGevity will bring years of expertise in supporting the lung cancer community to the Cancer Index Subcommittee, the Community and Patient Engagement Subcommittee, and the Diversity in Clinical Research Subcommittee. “We are proud to work with LUNGevity on the Cancer Working Group, given the importance of always asking for and listening to the patient’s point of view,” said Jeanne M. Regnante, Chair of the CWG.

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Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity National Minority Quality Forum, and Aetna Partner to address Equity in Heart Failure Care

The new initiative will help develop strategies for reversing deadly disparities among African Americans

February 28, 2018—Aetna, the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), and its wholly-owned subsidiary Center for Sustainable Health Care Quality and Equity (SHC), have joined forces to analyze the underlying factors driving disparities in heart failure treatment and outcomes among African Americans relative to other populations. This collaboration will create an action plan for reducing the condition’s deadly and disproportionate toll on this population.

 

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Program to Help Protect U.S. Seniors from Influenza Targets Disparities in Immunization

Leading Influenza Vaccine Manufacturer Partners with Major Health Equity Organization to Help Protect Seniors from Potentially Deadly Consequences of Flu

December 8, 2017 — According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only two in three seniors receive an influenza immunization each year, despite the heightened risk of hospitalization and death in this population. Among all U.S. adults (18 years and older), far less than half are immunized against flu, with people of color having the lowest rate of vaccination coverage within both the younger adult and senior populations. This is evident in the following 2016-17 statistics for adults 65 years of age and older that show: 59.4% and 61.2% of black and Hispanic seniors, respectively, received the influenza vaccine while that number reached 66.6% among white seniors.

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National Minority Quality Forum awarded Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation grant to promote lung cancer screening in rural Kentucky

Builds on initiative promoting equity in cancer research, screening, treatment, and outcomes

December 1, 2017—New data from the National Minority Quality Forum indicate that 77% of all lung cancer cases reside in 20% of all zip codes. Lung cancer is the second-most-commonly-diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, with marked demographic and regional variations. The toll of lung cancer in Kentucky is the worst in the nation, killing at a rate fifty percent higher than the national average in the rest of the country. The main drivers of this disease are obesity, smoking, and lack of screening. Notably, the risks for lung cancer in Kentucky are not equally distributed throughout the state, as a much higher incidence is seen in regions on the eastern side of the state near the Appalachian Mountains. Unfortunately, this rural region continues to struggle with barriers to early screening and effective prevention and treatment due to long-standing shortages of primary care providers, coupled with lower levels of education and income/wealth than in most of the state, and the nation.

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