Advancing Cancer Care Equity for LGBTQ+ Individuals

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National LGBT Cancer Network logoThis month the DCI Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity program and the National LGBT Cancer Network co-hosted a community conversation on "Equitable Spaces: Advancing Equity for LGBTQ+ Individuals in Cancer Care & Treatment."

"It is our hope that this event provides necessary information and resources as well as sparks dialogue within and outside of the community to improve overall health outcomes for this community," read an opening slide for the event.

Two members of the LGBTQ+ community spoke about ways to make healthcare spaces more inclusive for all, Paul Chambers Raney :

Paula RaneyPaula Chambers Raney (left) has served as a FightCRC ambassador since 2019 and is a colorectal cancer awareness advocate focused on minorities in the Houston LGBTQ+ community. She is a wife, a Metallica fan, and a stage III colon cancer survivor.

National LGBT Cancer NetworkScout, MA, PhD (right) is the executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, is principle investigator of both the CDC-funded LGBTQ tobacco-related cancer disparity network and OUT: The National Cancer Survey. Scout has faculty appointments at both Brown University and Boston Universities’ Schools of Public Health. He is a member of the NIH Council of Councils, the Co-Chair of the NIH Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office Work Group, on the Advisory Panel for NIH’s All of Us initiative, and a U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention delegate. Scout is an openly transgender father of three a vegetarian, an avid hiker and runner.

The webinar was moderated by Shaun Jones, a second-year MPH student in Applied Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

WATCH VIDEO of the event (above)

DOWNLOAD Scout's presentation

The COEE has planned a series of events to advance equity for the LGBTQIA+ community as it relates to cancer and other health disparities — as part of its ongoing "Conversations with the Community." This event was the third in the series. The first event — "Moving the Conversation Forward: LGBTQ+ Cancer Care Inclusion" — was held on April 5, 2022. The second event — Colorectal Conditions and the LGBTQ+ Community — was held in June.


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