Health Disparities

The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) is proud to announce their partnership with Tigerlily Foundation (Tigerlily) on Tigerlily’s #InclusionPledge. The #InclusionPledge is an unprecedented global, multistakeholder initiative focused on diversity, inclusion, and elimination of disparities for Black women living with breast cancer.
Welcome to Perry County, Alabama, where Frances Ford, RN has been making a difference for 20 years.
Encompassing 420 counties in 13 states from southern New York to northern Mississippi, Appalachia is largely rural with a population characterized by a high poverty rate, a low educational level, a high rate of uninsurance or underinsurance, and limited access to healthcare. All pose substantial barriers to cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment and are associated with increased cancer mortality.
Ms Kelley described Project Access–New Haven, a volunteer, community-based program that uses a best-practice model to increase access to care for underserved patients and reduce health disparities in New Haven, Connecticut.
Having identified healthcare disparities reflected in the incidence of morbidity and mortality of breast cancer among Hispanic/Latina women (HLW), a team of nurses, Gina Miranda-Diaz, MSN, MPH, RN-CBPN-I; Magaly Fernandez-Ghander, BSN, MBA, RN; and Ivette Cora-Gonzalez, MSN, RN, conducted an assessment of breast healthcare disparities in Union City, New Jersey. As a result of those findings, Miranda-Diaz has initiated a navigation program for this population. The program seeks to increase screening rates among HLW, with the goal of reducing mortality through early diagnosis.
Cancer survivors are living longer and, with more than one-third of the American population experiencing a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, it is critical to focus attention on the long-term needs of survivors.
Outcomes from the roundtable held in conjunction with the George Washington Cancer Institute Cancer Survivorship Research and Health Disparities Symposium have far-reaching implications that will impact clinical practice and how we, as clinicians, address cancer survivorship care in the future.

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