The Latest Cancer Policy Updates from Washington

April 17, 2024, at 12 p.m. EST

Join the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) for a virtual Advocacy Chat on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 12 p.m. ET!

Previous Advocacy Chats

Each month, a special guest joins COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy & Education, Rose Gerber for a conversation on oncology and advocacy-related topics.

A prepared advocate is an effective advocate. That’s why COA and CPAN are working to provide advocates with the latest information on policy changes. As a new year begins, ensure you have the tools and knowledge you need to advocate for local, affordable cancer care.

View all past chats with full video playback, notes, and session slides.

Previous Advocacy Chats

Each month, a special guest joins COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy & Education, Rose Gerber for a conversation on oncology and advocacy-related topics.

A prepared advocate is an effective advocate. That’s why COA and CPAN are working to provide advocates with the latest information on policy changes. As a new year begins, ensure you have the tools and knowledge you need to advocate for local, affordable cancer care.

View all past chats with full video playback, notes, and session slides.

  • Addressing Equity in the Health Care System

    April 13, 2022 12:00 pm

    Alan Balch, PhD

    On April 13, 2022, Rose Gerber spoke with Alan Balch, PhD, about the effects of discrimination in the health care system and what we can do to increase equity and decrease discrimination. Dr. Balch is the CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF), two organizations that are dedicated to strengthening patient voices in health care. Dr. Balch discussed the current work that his two organizations are undertaking to increase health equity, including the Trust and Equity Project, along with steps that you can take to make the health care systems in your area a more welcoming place.
  • What Is High Quality Cancer Care?

    March 9, 2022 12:00 pm

    Bo Gamble

    On March 9 at 12 p.m. ET, Bo Gamble joined Rose Gerber to discuss the meaning of “high quality” in a community oncology practice and what practices are doing to provide for their patients. As Director of Practice Quality and Value Initiatives for the Community Oncology Alliance, Bo works with practice administrators and physicians around the country to develop and coordinate key standards for patient care. During the March chat, Bo and Rose discussed the challenges of managing competing care standards, integrating new information into existing models, ensuring the patient’s voice is heard, and more. Don’t miss this exciting chat!
  • The Financial Crisis of Cancer

    February 2, 2022 12:00 pm

    Carla Tardif

    A cancer diagnosis is life-changing. In addition to the emotional toll, patients rearrange schedules to accommodate treatment, adjust to new physical challenges, and reach out to friends and family for help. One of the biggest changes, though, is adjusting to the financial burden. On February 2, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET, Rose Gerber and Carla Tardif discussed about one organization helping those who need financial assistance with cancer.
  • The Crystal Ball for Cancer Policy in 2022

    January 12, 2022 12:00 pm

    Ted Okon, MBA

    The COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) started off 2022 with a familiar guest: Community Oncology Alliance (COA) Executive Director Ted Okon joined Director of Patient Advocacy and Education Rose Gerber to discuss COA’s legislative priorities in the new year as well as expected developments at the federal and state level.
  • Caring for the Caregivers: Supporting the Families and Friends of Patients

    December 8, 2021 12:00 pm

    John Schall, MPP

    As a chronic disease, cancer affects more than just the patient. Treatment and recovery require the efforts of multiple people in multiple places to be successful. Join Rose Gerber and Caregiver Action Network CEO John Schall to learn how to care for those most affected by a loved one’s diagnosis: family and friends.