OCTOBER 13, 2021

Advancing Quality

In the fight against cancer, everyone deserves a fair chance to beat the disease. However, due to health disparities, some populations lack the cancer prevention and early detection information and resources they need.

Studies indicate Black Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial or ethnic group in the United States for most cancers.

At Anthem, we’re taking a holistic and collaborative approach to eliminate health disparities in our communities. We’re focusing on whole health and its drivers to remove barriers and advance health equity. By creating connections and partnerships at the community level – we are leveraging the drivers of individual health, removing barriers, and driving health equity.

The Anthem Foundation and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have partnered to expand health equity in at-risk communities. Backed by a $1 million grant, the collaboration will work to break down health disparities and increase health equity in vulnerable communities to increase awareness of breast and colon cancer screening.

To help initiate and promote the conversations and group informational sessions, ACS has engaged The Links Foundation, Incorporated to train approximately 500 ACS/Links Health Ambassadors who will play a critical role in providing local resources to individuals and encourage them to seek care.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of our video series, “3 questions about,” Jacquelyn Dunmore-Griffith, MD, a radiation oncologist who serves on The Links’ HEAL Committee, shares insights on improving equity in cancer care.