Advocacy Chats – Insightful Conversations on Policy Issues & Cancer Research

Clinical Trials – Conversations with Community Oncologists

Clinical trials are one of the most important tools in cancer care, allowing community oncologists to deliver cutting edge treatments—and hope—to their patients. What do patients and families need to know about clinical trials, how have they evolved, and how can they be improved? May is National Clinical Trials Month. Please join COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy and Education, Rose Gerber, MS, on May 11 at 12:00 p.m. for a discussion about the ins and outs of clinical trials with Dinesh Kapur, MD, practicing oncologist and Director of Clinical Research at Eastern Connecticut Hematology and Oncology Associates and the physician chair of OneCouncil. View the entire video here.

ICYMI: Addressing Equity in the Health Care System

Discrimination leads to a lower quality of life. How can the health care system become more equitable, encourage patients to seek treatment, and create better health outcomes for those historically left behind? During April’s Advocacy Chat, COA’s Rose Gerber, MS, and Alan Balch, PhD., CEO of the Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation, explored the effects of discrimination in the health care system and how to increase equity. Stream it on @OncologyCOA’s YouTube channel today.

Understanding Advocacy in a Community Oncology Setting – Understanding Advocacy in a Community Oncology Setting

Advocates can engage with policymakers through calls, letters, meetings, and social media, but the underlying strategy is key to an impactful effort. The first step when engaging with policymakers is to set intended goals for outreach and identify desired outcomes. Once goals are established, advocates can target policymakers who may be most receptive.

Before engaging with policymakers, advocates should prepare messages that incorporate compelling, personal stories to help advance community oncology policy positions and data that quantify or explain the problem or need for policy change. Together, personal stories and data can balance the “head” and the “heart,” creating well-rounded and effective messaging. With goals, strategic targets, and clear messaging, advocates can engage with policymakers and make meaningful change.

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