Cancer Health Equity Award

Highlighting Diversity and Inclusion

The AACI Cancer Health Equity Award was created in 2021 to recognize an individual or group who demonstrates exceptional leadership in promoting health equity, mitigating cancer disparities, and advocating for diversity and inclusion at their cancer center. 

The recipient of the AACI Cancer Health Equity Award is selected bya majority vote of  the AACI Board of Directors. 

2021 Recipient Spotlight

Robert A. Winn, MD

Robert A. Winn, MD

AACI will honor Robert A. Winn, MD, with the inaugural AACI Cancer Health Equity Award during the 2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting. Dr. Winn is AACI’s vice president/president-elect and director of VCU Massey Cancer Center.

AACI is recognizing Dr. Winn for his passionate commitment to improving health equity and his significant positive impact on cancer care in Virginia. Driven by a belief that community engagement is a central component of population health management, Dr. Winn promotes services that reflect the unique needs and values of the populations Massey serves. He provides direction for the VCU Massey Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research, which offers a wide variety of health education programming, screenings, and resources for the public. 

In addition to his work in the Massey catchment area, Dr. Winn is at the forefront of addressing health disparities, promoting health equity, and advocating for diversity and inclusion in cancer care at the national level. He currently serves as a principal investigator on several community-based projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, including the All of Us Research Program. 

Learn More About Dr. Winn's Commitment to Health Equity

  • Anyone at an AACI member cancer center is eligible to submit a nomination
  • Nominees must demonstrate a commitment to health equity, diversity, and inclusion through cancer center programming and initiatives, outreach, education, or other activities
  • Eligible nominees will be considered based on satisfactory completion of the nomination form, including descriptions of the following:
    • How the individual or group has demonstrated leadership in promoting health equity, mitigating cancer disparities, and advocating for diversity and inclusion at their cancer center
    • The impact of the nominee’s work in their cancer center’s catchment area

The recipient of the AACI Cancer Health Equity Award will be selected by the AACI Board of Directors by a majority vote. The AACI president will send a letter of notification by August to the selected honoree and the cancer center director who nominated them.

The honoree will receive the award during the AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting in October 2021. In the event there is no nomination for the award or no nominee meets the award criteria, no award will be made for that cycle. 

May 3, 2021
Call for nominations announced in AACI
Update  


May 28, 2021
Nomination forms due 


August 2021
Board of Directors complete review of nominations
Cancer center director and honoree notifed

September 2021 
Honoree announced in
AACI Update

October 20, 2021
Award presented during the 2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting 

Please note: all dates are subject to change.