In Everyone's Best Interest: ACS CAN's 2020 Policy Conference on Health Disparities

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 11:00am
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Join Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Secretary, Dr. Courtney Phillips, Senator Regina Barrow, Representative Mike Huval, and leaders in oncology, education, and cancer research as we discuss the policies that can lead Louisiana to greater equity in health outcomes.

        Dr. Courtney Phillips       Rep. Mike Huval       Senator Regina Barrow


Agenda Highlights


  • An Address by LDH Secretary, Dr. Courtney Phillips

  • Session 1: A Discussion of the Role that Access to Primary Care and Treatment Plays in Health Outcomes ​​​​

    • Panelists Include:

      • The Honorable Mike "Pete" Huval, Louisiana State House of Representatives, District 46

      • Dr. Tich Changamire, CMO of Humana Medicaid in Louisiana

      • Michael Holmes, Chief Marketing Officer, Capitol Imaging Services

      • Courtney Christian, Senior Director of Policy and Research, PhRMA 

  • Session 2: An Examination of  the Impact that Access to Basic Necessities like Healthy Food and Transportation Has on Health 

    • Panelists Include:

      • The Honorable Regina Barrow, Louisiana Senate, District 15

      • Dr. Daniel Sarpong, Director, Xavier University Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities

      • Michelle Kendall, Policy Coordinator, Louisiana Cancer Prevention/Co-Chair, Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition

  • Session  3: Through the Cancer Lens: A Journey through some Cancer-Specific Health Disparities and How we Can Address Them 

    • Panelists Include:

      • Dr. Donna Williams, Director, Louisiana Cancer Prevention

      • Dr. Monica Buchanan, Senior Medical Liaison, GRAIL

      • Dr. Quyen Chu, Chief of Surgical Oncology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport

      • Michael Artman, Key Account Manager, Pfizer Oncology

Thank you to our sponsors:









Bristol Myers Squibb

Sponsorship Opportunities

ACS CAN is committed to ensuring that our progress to prevent cancer and save more lives continues by collaborating with key partners.  We invite you and your organization to join us in the fight against cancer by sponsoring this year’s event.

To learn more about your opportunity to sponsor this conference, please email [email protected].



The 2020 ACS CAN Policy Conference is presented to you through the collaborative efforts of our esteemed Host Committee:
Arianna Baseman
Culture and Community  Engagement ManagerHumana
Grant Cale
State Government Relations RepresentativeBristol Myers Squibb
Dr. Quyen Chu
Chief of Surgical OncologyLouisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Allison DeBattista
Mikal Giancola
Program ManagerLouisiana State University Health Sciences 
Michael Holmes
Chief Marketing OfficerCapitol Imaging Services
Jesse Lewis
Government Relations RepresentativeBristol Myers Squibb
Eric Martin 
Government Relations RepresentativePfizer
Kathy Oubre
Immediate Past PresidentCoalition of Hematology and Oncology Practices
Dr. Daniel Sarpong
Director; Endowed ChairXavier University, Center of Health Disparities
Dr. Donna Williams
DirectorLouisiana Cancer Prevention and Control