Join us as we speak to Dr. Lorna McNeill, a Professor and Associate Director for Health Disparities and Community Outreach at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, along with a special guest from our LLS Patient and Community Outreach team, Erika Pomares. In this episode, Dr. McNeill shares how people of color, particularly African Americans, have disproportionate rates of cancer incidence and death, but are also more likely to face racial bias in healthcare and clinical trials. She offers potential solutions to improve the healthcare outcomes for these underserved communities. Dr. McNeill and Erika also discuss the importance of community outreach, and how programs, like LLS’s Myeloma Link, have improved access to care and trust in the medical community.
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Mentioned on this episode:
- Myeloma Link
- Center for Community Engaged Translational Research
- The Black-White Gap in Blood Cancer Outcomes – Medical News Today
- National Institutes of Health Requirement for Women in Research
- Facial Racial Disparities As A Black Disabled Patient – Podcast Episode
- 100 Black Men of America organization
- Understanding Racial and Health Disparities in Healthcare (Dr. Steven Thomas)
- LLS Public Policy & Advocacy
- Clinical Trial Support Center
Additional LLS Support Resources:
- Free telephone/web patient programs
- Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program
- Information Specialists
- Free booklets
- Financial support
- Online chats
- Caregiver support
- LLS Community
- Support groups
- Free Nutrition Consultations
- LLS Advocacy
Support for this episode provided by Genentech, Inc. and Biogen; Pharmacyclics, An AbbVie Company & Janssen Biotech.
A great overview of disparities in health care, clinical trials, and community programs.