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American Cancer Society

Mission

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

The Big Idea

Created in 2019, addressing Latinx CANcer Care Equity (ALCANCE) is a patient navigation initiative that integrates bilingual community health workers into primary and oncology care in Monterey County, an agricultural community comprised of 60% foreign-born Latinx, Spanish-speaking populations. While ALCANCE is a sustainable model, specific gaps remain in addressing the needs of low-income and minority patients after a cancer diagnosis.

To overcome these gaps, project leads will train community health workers on various aspects of cancer care delivery, and then they will provide navigation services to cancer patients at Pacific Cancer Center in Monterey County. Navigation services will integrate four innovative activities to address gaps in the current ALCANCE approach by 1) engaging patients in culturally tailored, language-concordant precision medicine education, 2.) ensuring access to free, culturally, and medically tailored food for patients undergoing systemic cancer treatment, and 3.) enhancing community capacity throughout the county.

A patient at Montage had to drive 90 miles one way for radiation treatment and would not have been able to afford it 5 days per week. He was grateful to have support with gas cards from ACS. Another patient, who was a risk for becoming homeless, moved from Monterey to the San Francisco Bay Area to live with her daughter. Transportation assistance from ACS allowed her to continue her radiation treatment at our hospital.

- Deanna Rossi