Cheasty Anderson Joins American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to Lead Policy Efforts Across the Gulf Coast Region

June 4, 2024

AUSTIN, TX — June 4, 2024 — Dr. Cheasty Anderson has joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) as the managing director for the Gulf Coast Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. In this role, Anderson will lead ACS CAN’s staff and volunteers in each state as they work to advance legislation and public policies to reduce cancer.

“While each of these states faces unique public health opportunities, we know that certain policies are foolproof when it comes to reducing cancer incidence and mortality - namely, reducing tobacco use, increasing cancer research funding, and closing the access gap to health insurance through Medicaid,” Anderson said.

Anderson comes to ACS CAN from the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition, an arm of the National Immigration Law Center. Her work has focused on the intersection of children’s issues, health care, public benefits, and immigration. She has a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas – Austin and completed her undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina.

ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization. To get involved in ACS CAN’s legislative agenda for any Gulf Region states, visit



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