You’re Invited to Help Launch Ohio Chapter of Cancer Patient Advocacy
The Ohio chapter of a national cancer patient advocacy organization soon will launch and you’re invited to participate.
OHC is teaming up with the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) to launch the Ohio-based chapter of Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN). CPAN is a nationally recognized patient advocacy group that utilizes the patient’s voice — along with community oncologists, nurses, and healthcare professionals — to advocate locally for access to affordable care for all cancer patients. Join us for an informative evening to learn about volunteer opportunities available with CPAN and how you can help bring a local voice to this national organization.
Wed., June 18, 6pm
5053 Wooster Road
Refreshments will be served.
COA Director of Communications and Patient Advocacy Rose Gerber and representatives from OHC will meet with those interested in becoming advocates.
Presentations (“How to become a Cancer Care Advocate”) will cover such topics as the advocacy role of patients, physicians, and staff, as well as an explanation of CPAN’s message and how CPAN will support local cancer advocacy efforts. Presenters include OHC’s Ted Inman, CEO, and Ronda Bowman, COO; CPAN Ohio Chapter’s Nadia Ali, co-leader, and Rick Payne, co-leader; and Rose Gerber.
“Access to local affordable care is one of the most critical issues facing community cancer care providers and patients. That access is dependent on the survival of those providers who treat over 60 percent of all cancer patients,” says Gerber. “Patients and physicians in Cincinnati and the surrounding communities have come together to speak out on national healthcare policy issues.”
Adds OHC CEO Ted Inman, “Decisions made at the national level impact our ability to provide care and patients’ ability to access care. We must advocate to maintain and protect community cancer care because our patients’ lives depend on that care.”
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About Community Oncology Alliance
Celebrating its 10th anniversary during 2013, the Community Oncology Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community cancer care, where four out of five Americans with cancer are treated. Since its formation, COA has helped community cancer clinics navigate an increasingly hostile environment by working together to become more efficient, advocating for their patients, and proactively providing solutions to the Congress and policy makers. COA members have testified before both chambers of Congress, authored cancer care demonstration projects, and been instrumental in the passage of oral cancer drug parity legislation, among many other initiatives. COA is leading a multi-stakeholder group that is developing and implementing an Oncology Medical Home cancer care model and is advancing payment reform for cancer care.
The COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) was created in 2010 to advocate for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients.