CMI Statement on Juneteenth

Rockville, MD – (C) Management Inc. (CMI) today released the following statement in recognition of Juneteenth (June 19) and National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week (June 17 – 23).

On behalf of our clients—the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and the Oncology State Societies at ACCC—and our staff, we celebrate that Congress has passed legislation to establish Juneteenth National Independence Day as a U.S. federal holiday.

Black patients with cancer continue to be underrepresented in clinical trials and experience higher rates of mortality. We use this time to focus on the work that lays ahead of the oncology community to create equitable cancer care solutions. And we continue marching forward toward care delivery reforms to better serve the Black community, including diversifying clinical trial participation and genetic databases for oncology research.

This issue has been, and remains, a top priority for our client’s leadership and members. From ACCC Immediate Past President Dr. Randall A. Oyer’s charge to improve clinical trial access, to current President Krista Nelson’s mission to improve health equity and social justice in oncology, ACCC in collaboration with the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is  producing a robust suite of resources designed to give cancer programs and practices actionable strategies to implement bias training and better serve their diverse communities.

ACCC recently launched the ACCC Community Oncology Research Institute (ACORI) with the mission to close the racial gap in clinical oncology research. ACCC learning resources and tools, including webinars, video content, audio podcasts, and case studies designed to assist cancer centers in evaluating and implementing equitable cancer care solutions can be found on the ACCC website.

To help address disparities in cancer care, The Arizona Clinical Oncology Society (TACOS), the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology (HSCO), and the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology (TxSCO)—all Chapter Members of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC)—will each develop and implement a community-based educational initiative that will identify and address disparities among groups specific to each state’s population. 

The respective populations will be the American Indian population living off reservations and outside of the Indian Health Service; Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; and the Latinx/Hispanic American population.

The program, called 3, 2, 1, Go! Practical Solutions for Addressing Cancer Care Disparities will task each state society with aggregating 3 “go-to” resources to advance equity in cancer care, making 2 recommendations to eliminate disparities in care, and identifying 1 major gap in care that the organization wants to address.

All individuals deserve access to timely, affordable, and innovative cancer care. Stay tuned for more details about these programs in the coming months.

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