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Cancer Patients Alliance

Mission

Cancer Patient Alliance's mission is to improve health outcomes for cancer patients through cancer education, addressing health disparities, and enabling cancer patients and their families to become active participants in their medical care.

The Big Idea

The Cancer Patients Alliance’s initiative, Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer, helps ensure adequate cancer treatment and care for Latinos, farm workers, immigrants and the underserved in the Salinas Valley. The Alliance facilitates medical access, including financial assistance with treatment expenses and help with finishing initial and follow-up treatments. They also help with overcoming patients’ logistical challenges, including transportation, child care, language and cultural barriers. Through this initiative, Cancer Patients Alliance leverages its existing nexus with local oncology groups, hospitals and other providers to further establish a region-wide safety net aimed at providing consistent and enduring access to cancer treatment and resources in Monterey County.

I have been quite impressed with the actions and outcomes of the nonprofit Cancer Patients Alliance over the years, in their ongoing advocacy and support for Latinos and farm workers with cancer in our Monterey County.

- Oguchi Nkwocha, MD, MS, chief medical officer at Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas