2021 CANCER & MENTAL WELLBEING EDUCATION TRAINING SERIES: A Call to Action – Ending Cancer Inequities Using an Intersectional Framework

The multi-part series in August and September will:

  • Feature experts from the field, national partners and CDC’s Networking2Save – a consortium of national organizations to advance the prevention of commercial tobacco use and cancer in populations experiencing tobacco- and cancer-related health disparities.
  • Explore cancer disparities in populations with mental health and substance use challenges and identify strategies to support those individuals in cancer care.
  • Examine the risk factors of a cancer diagnosis on individuals with mental health and substance use challenges and identify ways to maximize resources to implement wellness services.
  • Share resources and strategies to assist organizations engage communities and build partnerships to increase access to cancer screening, treatment and survivorship services.


Part 1: Sexual and Gender Minority Inclusion in Comprehensive Cancer Care Coffee Chat — Join Mandi Pratt-Chapman, PhD, George Washington University Cancer Center and Michelle Veras, MPH, National LGBT Cancer Network, for a coffee chat as they discuss the current landscape of sexual and gender disparities in cancer care and provide tools and resources for culturally competent cancer care.

Part 2: Enhancing Cancer Care for Rural Communities — Increase your awareness of the geographic and rural disparities for cancer care and explore innovative solutions with Heather Brandt, PhD, Director, HPV Cancer Prevention Program, St. Jude’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Additional Resources


Part 1: Race to Comprehensive Cancer Care for All Panel Discussion — Join a panel of experts as they discuss the ways mental health and cancer stigma affect racial and ethnic minorities across the nation.

Featured Panelists:
Michelle Jeu, APPEAL
Marcela Gaitan, Nuestras Voces
Hannah Bartol, National Native Network

• Discuss the ways in which mental health and cancer stigma affects racial and ethnic minorities across our nation
• Understand the barriers to equal affordability, coverage, and access to cancer screening and care for minority communities
• Learn to leverage community supports and wholistic care into cancer programming
• Gain resources to promote cancer screening and care among minority communities

Part 2: Engaging and Supporting Low-Income Communities: Cancer and Mental Health

Featured speaker: Dwana Calhoun, National Network Director, SelfMade Health Network

• Learn about the role of social determinants of health and their impact on cancer screening and treatment gaps among populations with low socioeconomic status (SES) characteristics
• Attain greater insight on the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on cancer screening and care affecting low-income populations.
• Acquire knowledge about available tools to address equitable comprehensive cancer care for provider, low-income patients, and survivor communities
• Learn about evidence-based interventions, best and promising practices (state and community-level) to assist organizations with implementing recommended strategies and interventions (state and community-level) aimed at reducing cancer disparities among low SES populations


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