Black Volunteer Caucus (BVC)


Volunteer signing the ACS CAN Fight Back Express Bus

Black Volunteer Caucus

About the Black Volunteer Caucus

The 12-member Black Volunteer Caucus guides ACS CAN’s work to enhance, strengthen, and diversify communications, messaging, partnerships, and volunteer recruitment, training, and engagement within the Black community.  

The Black Volunteer Caucus shares ACS CAN’s national focus on building a vibrant and diverse grassroots advocacy structure and community to achieve our collective goal of decreasing death and suffering from all cancer in all communities.

Meet the BVC

Jacqueline Beale

Jacqueline Beale, Chair

Flecia Brown

Flecia Brown

Carol Coram

Carol Coram

Stephen Jackson

Stephen (Steve) Jackson

Diane Nathaniel

Diane Nathaniel
New York

Faith Nyong

Faith Nyong

Nikki Payne

Nikki Payne

Shontrice Patillo

Shontrice Patillo

Cynthia Rogers

Cynthia Rogers
New York

Debra Sturgis-Stamps

Debra Sturgis-Stamps

Latina Starling

LaTina Starling

DonnaMarie Woodson

DonnaMarie Woodson
North Carolina

BVC In Action

The Black Volunteer Caucus is engaged in meaningful advocacy and policy work nationally and locally. 

Check out a few of their successes so far  

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

Join Understanding & Ending Breast Cancer Disparities Among Black Women Twitter Spaces virtual discussion on Friday, October 21 at 2 pm (ET). Moderated by BVC Chairwoman Jacqueline Beale and featuring Fight Through Flights and Tammy Boyd, ACS CAN Vice President, Federal Advocacy.

Listen to the recording

Black Volunteer Caucus Fireside Chat

Thank you to everyone that participated in the BVC’s first Fireside Chat “The Black Community is Being Left Behind – Why Aren’t They Included in Clinical Trials?” to discuss the Black community’s unique challenges to cancer care. 

Watch the recording

Download the Fireside Chat Program

Clinical Trials: Why Black Community Participation Matters

Dr. Sara Horton, Executive Director for Access and Diversity for the Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative, shares with BVC member Stephen Jackson the value, importance, and impact of the participation of the Black community in clinical trials. Dr. Horton demystifies common misconceptions about clinical trials and how increasing Black patients enrollment in trials improves the standard of care for everyone.

Contact the BVC

Do you have have a question, request, opportunity, or message for the BVC?

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    Take Action

    Three women embracing each other

    Ask Congress to increase funding for lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screening

    Even though U.S. breast and cervical cancer death rates have been declining for several decades, not all people have benefited equally from advances in prevention, early detection, and treatments. Black Americans are 41% more likely to die of breast cancer than white Americans and are dying of cervical cancer at nearly twice the rate of white Americans.

    The American Cancer Society (ACS) report finds Black women still have a 4% lower incidence rate of breast cancer than White women but a 40% higher breast cancer death rate.

    Key information on cancer inequities and how ACS is addressing these disparities in the Black Community

    The most recent data on cancer data for African American/Black People, published in a peer-review journal of the American Cancer Society

    A consumer-friendly companion for the Cancer Statistics for African American/Black People, 2022

    Read and download the key report findings, Executive Summary, and full report