Forum to Outline a Path to Improve Outcomes for Cancer Patients

December 4, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – By the end of this year, it’s estimated that over 26,000 new incidences of cancer will have been diagnosed in Louisiana. Over 9,200 people will succumb to the disease.

The fourth annual American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of Louisiana policy forum brings together community leaders in healthcare and government policy to tackle the state’s access to care and tobacco issues. Chief among factors affecting cancer patients’ outcomes are potential obstacles to Medicaid enrollment, the price of medications, and the state’s tobacco use rate – which is 20.5% among adults and 12.3% in high-schoolers.

ACS CAN will screen videos of Louisianans from Medicaid Covers US educational campaign — our new project to create a conversation about Medicaid and the role it plays in the health and well-being of our families, friends, and communities.

Nick Albares
, policy adviser to Gov. John Bel Edwards
Raegan Carter, consultant for Americans for Non-Smokers Rights
Michael Celestin Jr., instructor of Behavioral and Community Health at LSU Health Sciences Center
Ron C. Henderson, deputy commissioner of consumer advocacy for the Louisiana Department of Insurance
Tiffany Netters, executive director of 504HealthNet
Robin Rhodes, healthy communities manager at Well-Ahead Louisiana
Kaitlin Sylvester, senior manager of state and primary health systems for the American Cancer Society-Louisiana
Lance Barbour, ACS CAN senior state and local campaigns manager
Stephanie Guillory, ACS CAN Louisiana government relations director

WHAT:                2019 ACS CAN Louisiana Cancer Policy Forum

WHERE:             C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center
Room CC326
2328 Irene Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

WHEN:               Thursday, Dec. 5 12:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.