Community engagement and health equity
Closing the gap in prostate and colorectal cancer disparities: a community conversation
Terrance Afer-Anderson wants to create an army of ambassadors.
The Norfolk native and prostate cancer survivor wrote, produced and directed a movie, “The Black Walnut,” to bring attention to inequities in screening and mortality rates for prostate cancer in the Black community.
“I tell men scared of the invasiveness of a prostate cancer screening, ‘You have to toughen up,’” Afer-Anderson said on Feb. 9 at a virtual community event on the topic. “And I want African-American men – and women – to help spread the word about the disparity, to get tested early.”
Updates to outpatient care at Massey due to COVID-19
At VCU Massey Cancer Center we have implemented changes in our clinics to mitigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and keep our patients and medical teams safe.
Today, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) released its inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report, which outlines the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations, highlights areas of progress in reducing these disparities and provides specific recommendations for achieving health equity. As a member of the AACR Steering Committee that contributed to the report, VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Robert Winn, M.D., was part of a virtual Congressional briefing on the findings.
Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center are adding to an expansive study called Together for Health – Virginia to better understand how residents in our state have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can be accessed through a mobile app available at the Apple App Story or Google Play (by searching Together for Health – Virginia) or online at Together for Health – Virginia.
Even though he was just appointed director of VCU Massey Cancer Center in December, Robert Winn, M.D., already has become an asset to the African-American faith community in Richmond.
Amid worldwide protests over systemic racism, a Richmond-area congresswoman, Virginia’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, and the director of VCU Massey Cancer Center hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss the disproportionate ways that minority communities have been affected by the novel coronavirus.
VCU Massey Cancer Center is asking local citizens to partner in cancer research designed to identify and address health needs in their own communities. The project called Together for Health – Virginia is a comprehensive health assessment program designed to better understand how social and behavioral patterns as well as financial and environmental factors impact cancer rates. Information from this research will help to improve health care practices and services within communities.