AACI Commentary

About Our Editorial Series

Exploring Topics of Interest to AACI Cancer Centers

To promote the work of its member centers, AACI publishes Commentary, an editorial series focusing on major issues of common interest to North American cancer centers. 

Each AACI Commentary is written by a cancer center leader or subject matter expert and distributed by email to nearly 3,000 readers of the AACI Update newsletter. 

The publication is designed to cover a specific topic in 750-1,000 words. Recommendations for topics and authors are encouraged. 


Please submit suggestions to: 

Chris Zurawsky
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
412-802-6775

Emily Stimmel
Communications and External Relations Manager
412-647-0504


March 2021

The Little State That Could
How West Virginia Became a National Model for COVID-19 Vaccination 

By Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, FACS

How did a little state of 1.8 million people manage to become a leader in the United States’ COVID-19 vaccination effort? West Virginia’s passionate sense of identity and open communication among state officials, health care providers, and residents have been instrumental to its success. With its rolling hills and small, tight-knit communities, West Virginia is the only state in the U.S. that lies completely within Appalachia; due to this insulation from the surrounding region, the state was the last to document a case of COVID-19.

Knowing our demographics, West Virginia’s local and state governmental officials collaborated with the leaders of three large health systems to devise a vaccination plan that deviated from the proposed federal plan. To understand this plan and why it was implemented, it is important to know a few things about West Virginians and their health. 

Read the March 2021 Commentary.

Zip Code vs. Genetic Code: Breaking Down Cancer Disparities in Philadelphia
By Karen E. Knudsen, PhD
October 2017

Satisfaction with Oncology Quality and Clinical Operations: A survey from the AACI Physician Clinical Leadership Initiative (PCLI)
By Morgan Dodson, Michael Neuss, Laura Hutchins, Richard Lauer, John Sweetenham, Nathan Levitan, Martha Mims, Mohammed Milhem, Craig Bunnell, Dan Mulkerin, Randall F. Holcombe
Fall 2017

SF CAN: A City Working Together to Fight Cancer 
By Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS
Summer 2017

Integrating Clinical Research into Clinical Care
By Martha Mims, MD, PHD & Sarah McNees, PHD
Spring 2017