The Community Champions program recognizes community leaders whose work exemplifies best practices in supporting people with lung cancer in vulnerable communities.
The job of bridging gaps caused by healthcare disparities falls to community leaders who, through advocacy, education initiatives, and targeted medical intervention, work to meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations.
Community Champions are selected based on the following criteria:
- Their work is focused on creating sustainable and impactful solutions to address lung cancer disparities and to drive health equity for populations they serve
- They conduct programs, research, education, and policy change with deliberate insights and partnership with trusted community-based organizations and other stakeholders
- They demonstrate leadership to ensure a diverse and inclusive health care workforce
Community Champion Recipients
Health Equity in Action Speaker Series
The Health Equity in Action Speaker Series is brought to LUNGevity Health Equity Council members every few weeks throughout the year to shine a light on leading and emerging practices and programs in lung cancer care that are making a difference in underserved communities across the United States.
Experts describe their initiatives with a focus on key lessons learned – what worked, what didn’t work, what is missing, and next steps. It is an opportunity for all Health Equity Council Members and friends to learn from each other as we seek to deliver optimal care along the entire cancer continuum to ALL people diagnosed with lung cancer.
Cross-collaboration and effectively leveraging and integrating partnerships helps better serve diverse and underserved populations in their communities.
All Together Now for Cancer Clinical Trials: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Communities
A Focus on Lung Cancer
In collaboration with Moffitt Cancer Center, Stand Up To Cancer, and Platform Q, this program provides health literate educational resources about clinical trials. The program is intended to help patients understand the value of clinical trials as a treatment option and to give healthcare providers insights into communication and cultural gaps that may impede trial enrollment. Learn more »
CONNECTING for Lung Health (Community Navigation in Neighborhoods for LDCT Screening for Lung Health)
In partnership with CancerCare and clinical partners UI Cancer Center, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System, and Weill Cornell Medicine’s Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center, this program’s focus is to increase lung cancer screening and facilitate smoking cessation counseling among at-risk Black men. The program encourages the use of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings and combines community outreach, lay navigation, education, and CancerCare’s case management.