Listen and learn from our expert panel of presenters:
- Terry Altilio, LCSW, APHSW-C
- Lailea Noel, PhD, MSW
- Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD
- Phylicia Woods, JD, MSW
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.
The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) have joined forces to create actionable solutions that are desperately needed to make lasting changes in oncology care delivery.
The APOS/AOSW/ACCC joint conference aims to highlight the correlates of disparate outcomes for underserved patients despite the advances in cancer care and will provide strategies to advance health equity.