Sign In

News Story

ACS CAN Black Volunteer Caucus to host fireside chat

Feb. 28 virtual event will focus on prostate cancer and is open to the public.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 11 a.m. ET, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), along with its Black Volunteer Caucus (BVC), will host a fireside chat entitled “Prostate Cancer’s Burden in the Black Community: Saving Ourselves through Patient-Centered Solutions.”

Black men in the U.S. have among the highest documented prostate cancer rate in the world, and their cancer deaths are one of the greatest mortality disparities in oncology. The fireside chat speakers, including members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., will discuss how patient-center solutions including prevention, screening, education, improving metabolic health, and centering the voices and experiences of the Black community in public policies can increase prostate cancer outcomes for Black men.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Moderator: Mr. David Ford, ACS CAN Board Member 
  • Mr. William Battle, MA, Founder & President, Emmanual Health Education 
  • Dr. Kevin Billups, Professor of Internal Medicine & Urology and Director of the Men’s Health Program, Meharry Medical School 
  • Mr. Tony Holt, Prostate Cancer Survivor and Co-Founder, 90-Day Men’s Health Challenge 

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. According to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Cancer Statistics 2023, there is an increase in the diagnosis of men with advanced prostate cancer, with the highest incidence and mortality in Black men. ACS launched the IMPACT initiative last month to address this alarming trend in prostate cancer incidence and disparities.

ACS CAN is supporting the IMPACT initiative by advocating for state and federal policies that remove barriers to prostate cancer screening and treatment. 

The fireside chat event is free and open to the public. For additional information and to register, please visit Please also share with your networks. This event will be recorded. For additional information on its mission, visit

back to top