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Tawana Thomas Johnson participates in White House Black History Month dialogue

In honor of Black History Month, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Tawana Thomas Johnson participated in a dialogue on cancer disparities in the Black community with Cedric Richmond, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. 

With a focus on the Black History Month theme of Black Health and Wellness, Tawana and Director Richmond discussed key findings from the newly released Cancer Facts and Figures for African American/Black People, noting that Black people are more likely to die from most cancers and live the shortest amount of time after a cancer diagnosis than any other racial or ethnic group. They also discussed how the Administration, ACS and ACS CAN are working to address the unequal burden of cancer in the Black community, including the Administration’s prioritization of health equity in the recently reignited Cancer Moonshot initiative.

You can view dialogue highlights on ACS and ACS CAN social media.

The dialogue is one of several events the White House has hosted during Black History Month. Earlier in the week, ACS CAN Board Vice Chair and The Links, Inc. National President Kimberly Jeffries Leonard moderated a panel discussion during the White House virtual forum, Cancer in Color: Equity Care for Our Communities. To learn more about ACS and ACS CAN’ s work to reduce cancer disparities and advance health equity in the Black community, visit

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