publication date: Oct. 16, 2020
Karen Knudsen’s AACI presidential initiative: Reduce cancer disparities across North America
By Matthew Bin Han Ong
Over the next two years, as president of the Association of American Cancer Institutes, Karen Knudsen will challenge her colleagues at North America’s premier cancer centers to focus on reducing cancer disparities.
“We know that AACI has a proven track record as a catalyst to affect change. And in this case, the change we’re asking for is to reduce cancer disparities,” Knudsen, enterprise director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, said at the virtual AACI annual meeting Oct. 13. “So, I would ask all of us that are watching this presentation, if not the 102 leading cancer centers in North America, then who? We are well positioned to work together, to play a major part in reducing cancer disparities across North America and beyond.”
Knudsen’s presidential initiative dovetails with NCI’s efforts to seize a watershed moment in a global movement for racial equity.
“Cancer research really can’t solve systemic racism and injustice by itself, but we can certainly look at our own work as individuals and as a community of practice and commit to taking action to make things better where possible,” said NCI Director Ned Sharpless, who also spoke at the virtual annual meeting. “One of the clear goals here is to create an enduring structure to take these pernicious problems on in a systematic and enduring way, so not just write a single report and say, ‘Okay, now we’re done with racism,’ but, rather, create a process of continuous monitoring, learning, and improvement.”
Cancer centers should identify strategies to reduce disparities in their catchment areas, Knudsen said.
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