ACS CAN NY & NJ 2021 Policy Forum: Advancing Research, Innovation and Health Equity (Virtual)

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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Virtual Forum Focus | Advancing Research, Innovation and Health Equity
Cancer remains a critical public health problem and how new cures are discovered and delivered will continue to change. Getting new and affordable cancer therapies from the research lab to the patient will require collaborative solutions from researchers, business leaders, providers, and policymakers.

Research and Innovation.

  • Advancements in medical research have unleashed new and improved therapies that are revolutionizing cancer care.

  • Researchers from New York and New Jersey institutions are playing a key role in these advancements, but what does the future hold for federal investment in medical research?  

  • Is the discovery pipeline growing to meet the demand of cancer rates?  

  • What have we accomplished and what’s next for cancer research and treatment?


  • The pandemic has exposed health disparities that exist in communities across the country. 

  • The cancer death rate is 20% higher for individuals from the poorest U.S. counties compared to affluent counties. 

  • The 5-year relative survival rate is lower among Blacks than Whites for every stage of diagnosis in the four most common cancer sites.

  • What is health equity and what public policies need to be considered to close the gap for all cancer patients?   

Ways to Support ACS CAN's Impact

We invite you to be part of a group of sustaining supporters enabling ACS CAN’s work to catalyze scientific discovery and accelerate cures. With your help, our advocacy will not stop. Join us and together we can save lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

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Thank you to our 2021 sponsors.


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AbbVie   AstraZeneca   Bristol Myers Squibb
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Genentech   Northwell Health   Gilead Sciences
GRAIL   Novartis

Amgen   Janssen Oncology   Flatiron Health


Special Thanks To Our 2021 Host Committee Members


Jennifer Bland, Chief Executive Officer, NewYorkBio

Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology & Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai


Host Committee Members

Sandi Cassese, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Chair, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)

Karen Connor, New York State ACT LEAD, ACS CAN

Stephanie Darwak, Consultant, Cullari Communications Global

Ginger Lynch Landy, Principal, hodes & landy

John Manna, Member, National Board of Directors, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Neal Meropol, MD, Vice President, Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Flatiron Health

Jeff Molter, Director of Communications, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone

Hansini Sharma, Practice Lead, Corporate Travel, Acquis Consulting Group

Dmitri Siegel, Director, State Government Affairs, Alliance Development, BMS

Francesca Tedesco, Vice President, Market Access, Applied Therapeutics

Barbara A. Wood, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Sellas Life Sciences Group, Inc.



  • Hon. Hakeem Jeffries, United States House of Representatives

  • Dr. Howard A. Zucker, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

  • Roma Torre, Journalist, NY 1

  • Dr. Abe Chachoua, Director, Lung Cancer Center, Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone

  • Lorraine Braithwaite-Harte, Health Chair, NAACP New York State Conference 

  • Niesha Foster, Vice President, Product Access, Global Health & Patient Access, Pfizer

  • Hon. Rodneyse Bichotte, New York State Assembly

  • Vivian J. Bea, MD, MBS, Section Chief, Breast Surgical Oncology, New York-Presbyterian, Brooklyn Methodist Hospital


  • Sandra Cassese, MSN, RN, CNS, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties and Chair of the Board for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

  • Cynthia Rogers, Cancer survivor and ACS CAN advocate

  • Diane Nathaniel, Cancer survivor and ACS CAN advocate

  • John J. Manna, Jr., Esq., Board Treasurer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc

  • Shalini Vallabhan, PHD, Managing Director, Government Relations, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc