Advancing Health Equity with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): An Oncology Perspective

A new Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care Webinar

Promoting health equity is an important objective for most oncology and public health researchers; however, developing an intervention designed to move beyond the written word and into clinical practice can be a challenging process. This webinar will explore what it means to work with FQHCs on pragmatic cancer-based interventions, bridging the gap between academic research and the needs of community health centers. Julie Armin, PhD and Nancy Johnson, RN, MSN, MS, PhD will introduce the University of Arizona’s fruitful collaboration with El Rio Health, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. Together, they will share their experiences in developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions that deliver long-lasting community impact.

Webinar topics include:

  • Bringing pragmatic interventions to FQHCs: why it matters
  • Successful strategies to deploy pragmatic interventions
  • Forging sustainable multi-disciplinary partnerships in your community

The Q&A discussion will be led by Gloria D. Coronado, PhD, a national expert on issues of health disparities with extensive experience in interventions aimed at increasing screening rates at community health centers.

What: Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care Webinar –Advancing Health Equity with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): An Oncology Perspective
When: Monday, May 4th, 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST
Register by: Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Cost: The webinar is free for all attendees




JulieJulie Armin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Research, Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Armin is a medical anthropologist at the University of Arizona. Her goal as a researcher is to improve healthcare and reduce health disparities for at-risk and underserved populations. Dr. Armin’s expertise lies in cancer prevention and access to treatment for uninsured, low-income, and racially/ethnically diverse populations, and she has a particular interest in how health policies affect people’s lived experiences. A qualitative researcher, Dr. Armin has a strong foundation in mixed-methods and team-based research. Her current work centers on assessing the implementation of interventions for underserved communities, understanding the practices of advance care planning among English and Spanish-speaking people living with cancer and their providers, and improving access to cancer care for people with disabilities. Dr. Armin holds a doctoral degree in Sociocultural/Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona.

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NancyNancy Johnson, RN, MSN, MS, PhD
Chief Executive Officer, El Rio Health.

Dr. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Health, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. She spent over 15 years with Tucson Medical Center, building community health and wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC system, and expanding community networks. Today, in addition to her role as El Rio’s CEO, Dr. Johnson continues to serve as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has authored a textbook with her husband, entitled “The Care of the Uninsured in America” and most recently, an article in Nursing Administration Quarterly on Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr. Johnson is a recent recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award as well as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni

Award from Illinois Wesleyan University where she earned her bachelor of science in nursing. Dr. Johnson holds a doctoral degree in Health Services from the University of Arizona.

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GloriaGloria Coronado, PhD
Distinguished Investigator, Mitch Greenlick Endowed Scientist for Health Disparities, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research.

Gloria Coronado, PhD, is an epidemiologist who champions affordable, long-term solutions to health disparity issues. Dr. Coronado has developed several innovative, cost-effective interventions to improve rates of participation in cancer screening among patients served by community health centers. Her work has led to successful partnerships with large health plans, state institutions, and community clinics. She currently directs or co-directs three programs that employ systems-based approaches to raise the rates of colorectal cancer screening in health plans and clinics in Washington, Oregon, and California.

In addition to her research on cancer prevention, Dr. Coronado collaborates with Latino-serving community-based organizations locally and nationally. Over the course of her career, Dr. Coronado has served as the principal investigator, co-investigator or co-principal investigator on over 35 federally funded grants; she has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She currently serves as a Steering Committee member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. Dr. Coronado received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington, where she later worked as a research associate professor. She also received training at Stanford University.

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