Louisiana Policy Forum 2021 Health Equity: Through the Cancer Lens
The American Cancer Society and ACS CAN have set an ambitious goal to achieve a 40% reduction in cancer mortality in the United States by 2035. If we are to achieve that goal, we must fight to achieve health equity, the just and fair opportunity for everyone to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer – regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible which requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences. This event will focus on health equity and its impact on access to care in the cancer space. The panel discussion will include key stakeholders throughout the health community, including leaders in business, academia, public policy, patient advocacy, provider groups, as well as other key stakeholders. ACS CAN will use this event to help illustrate and answer the following questions:
- What is health equity and what are we doing to close the gap for cancer patients in Louisiana?
- How can we improve patient access to healthcare to improve cancer mortality in Louisiana?
- What policies does ACS CAN advocate for that ensure access to quality, affordable and comprehensive health insurance including efforts to curb the availability of inadequate health plans and protect and enhance Medicaid eligibility?
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