Keysha Brooks-Coley Discusses Project to Address Health Equity and Disparities for Minority Patients

April 2, 2021
Matthew Fowler

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network partnered with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the National Minority Quality Forum to produce recommendations addressing issues regarding health equity and disparities among minority patients with cancer.

CancerNetwork® recently spoke with Keysha Brooks-Coley, vice president for federal advocacy and strategic alliances at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), regarding the Elevating Cancer Equity Project.

The project is a collaboration with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), focusing on addressing health equity and health disparity issues in minority communities.

“We know that minority communities often times don’t have access to coverage, don’t have access to life-saving screenings, prevention, and access to treatment because of insurance status, for example,” explained Coley-Brooks. “We have been working on many of those issues for many, many years and continue to [do so]. Last year we saw an opportunity to work with other partner organizations and really lean in even more on health disparities and looking at guideline-adherent care for individuals of diverse backgrounds.”

ACS CAN is the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society, which works to prevent cancer, seek new treatments and cures for cancer, and ensure all patients have access to quality life-saving cancer care.

This segment comes from the CancerNetwork® portion of the MJH Life Sciences™ Medical World News®, airing daily on all MJH Life Sciences™ channels.