Health equity

Conversations That Count: The Black Experience of Lung Cancer

On April 21, LUNGevity’s Director of Community Outreach, Dr. Eugene Manley, Jr., moderated the first in a series of Conversations That Count, titled The Black Experience of Lung Cancer. As part of LUNGevity Foundation’s health equity webinar series, the following panelists came together via Facebook Live to share personal and professional stories of incredible tenacity in accessing lung cancer care:

The Importance of Health Disparities Research

In 2021, LUNGevity Foundation announced our inaugural Health Equity and Inclusiveness Workforce Development Awards to help combat the lack of diversity among lung cancer researchers as well as disparities in the lung cancer research itself. To learn more about the health disparities research and why it matters to all people, LUNGevity Foundation spoke with Robert Winn, MD, director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and member of LUNGevity’s Board of Directors. 

LUNGevity Foundation: How do we know these disparities exist?

Interview with Dr. Robert Winn, LUNGevity Board Member

Dr. Winn joined the LUNGevity Board of Directors in June 2020. He recently spoke with Jeanne Regnante, LUNGevity’s Chief Health Equity Officer, about his lung cancer advocacy, inequities in healthcare, and what gives him hope.   


How do you define health equity for patients that we serve?

I think that there are three main components of health equity. First, equity is when I have access to not just care but high-quality care, regardless if I have $10 in my pocket or $100,000 in my bank account. That’s one marker.

Publication Proposes New Framework to Address Disparities in Medically Underserved

Health inequities and disparities in care among the medically underserved persist despite widespread efforts to address them. There are several reasons for this, including conditions in which people live and work, disparities in insurance coverage and access to care, and variable quality of care.

Meet LUNGevity’s Chief Health Equity and Diversity Officer

Why is health equity important? Why is it particularly important in lung cancer?

For decades, we’ve observed disparities in access to cancer care and treatment outcomes among racial, ethnic and underserved populations. Health equity is about giving everyone, regardless of who they are, where they live, how much money they have or how much education they have, an equal opportunity for the best possible outcomes.


Tell me about your background and how this has shaped your beliefs.