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ACS CAN Black Volunteer Caucus to host virtual fireside chat on June 28.

June 28 virtual event is open to the public.

On Tuesday, June 28, at 12 noon ET, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), along with ACS CAN’s Black Volunteer Caucus (BVC), will host the BVC’s first virtual Fireside Chat entitled, “The Black Community is Being Left Behind – Why Aren’t They Included in Clinical Trials?” This event will offer dialogue on the Black community’s unique challenges to cancer care that can be addressed through culturally competent care and removing barriers to clinical trial enrollment. 

Confirmed speakers are Devon Adams, RN, MPH, ACS CAN senior analyst, policy and legislative support, and Michellene Davis, Esq., president and CEO of the National Medical Fellowships, Inc. They will discuss how the DIVERSE Trials Act can increase diversity in clinical trials among underrepresented populations, including Black patients, and help alleviate cancer-related disparities. They will also address the disproportionate cancer burden communities of color and people living in under resourced areas too often experience. United States Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Delaware Democratic Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, both co-sponsors of the DIVERSE Trials Act, will provide recorded remarks on the subject for the virtual event. 

The bipartisan DIVERSE Trials Act (H.R. 5030/S. 2706) could increase diversity in clinical trials and make it easier for all people with cancer to participate in clinical trials by reducing financial and geographic barriers to enrollment.

The fireside chat event is free and open to the public. For additional information and to register, please visit www.fightcancer.org/BVCfireside. Please also share with your networks. This event will be recorded. 

The BVC shares ACS CAN’s national focus on building a vibrant and diverse grassroots advocacy structure and community to achieve the collective goal of decreasing death and suffering from all cancer in all communities. For additional information on its mission, visit fightcancer.org.


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