AACI Launches Cancer Health Disparities Podcast

A new podcast from AACI aims to expand the dialogue about cancer health disparities and to identify strategies to mitigate them. Accelerating Equity: Cancer Care for All is hosted by AACI President Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD. Her first guest was Norman E. Sharpless, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Sharpless covered a range of topics including cancer policy priorities in the Biden administration, the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, gaps in health disparities research, cancer care delivery in rural communities, telehealth, women in cancer center leadership, and efforts to diversify the cancer researcher pipeline.

The podcast is one element of Dr. Knudsen’s two-year presidential initiative aimed at mitigating cancer disparities, starting with a clear definition of the problem as it impacts AACI cancer centers and patients. To that end, the initiative has completed surveys focused on cancer center leadership diversity and catchment areas.

Recognizing that the burden of cancer falls disproportionately on communities of color—particularly Black communities— AACI is committed to promoting health equity and reducing cancer health disparities such as higher rates of cancer cases, deaths, and complications among certain population groups, and lower screening rates among some groups.

Accelerating Equity: Cancer Care for All is now available via Google Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast apps.

Listen to Episode 1