Cancer Care and Health Equity in the COVID-19 Era

A new Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care Webinar

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many health care systems to alter the way they provide services to their communities, embracing substantial changes to their clinical practice. With institutions considering making some of these changes permanent, it is essential to reflect on the implications for vulnerable and underserved patient
populations. How will they fare navigating a new system of care increasingly centered on technology and remote services?

This webinar is bringing together experts from the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System, the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to provide a comprehensive report on the reality of the pandemic from the front lines. Together, they will outline emerging policy implications towards a safe and equitable future for all.

What: Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care Webinar – Cancer Care and Health Equity in the COVID-19 Era. Strategies to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care.
When: Monday, September 21, 2020 | 2:00-3:00 PM EST
Cost: The webinar is free for all attendees

This webinar has reached full capacity. This event will be recorded and will be available on our YouTube channel. Thank you for your understanding.


Kelly Irwin, MD
Dr. Kelly Irwin is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a faculty psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center and MGH Schizophrenia Program. She is the founding director of the Cancer and Mental Health Collaborative, a clinical and research program dedicated to improving cancer outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness at the Mass General Cancer Center. Dr. Irwin also collaborates with the Department of Mental Health to increase access to cancer care for individuals with serious mental illness in the community. Dr. Irwin graduated from Harvard University in 2001, Harvard Medical School in 2008, and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in 2017. In recognition of her innovation in clinical care, research, and advocacy, she was named one of the Mass General Cancer Center One Hundred leaders who are changing the face of cancer care delivery.

Learn more about Dr. Irwin here.


Roland Matthews, MD
Roland Matthews, MD, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Morehouse School of Medicine, is a Morehouse faculty member who is making a difference in helping to lessen the cancer burden in the state of Georgia. Throughout his career, Dr. Matthews’ research, education, and clinical activities have focused on reducing disparities in underserved communities. As a gynecologic oncologist, he specializes in pre-invasive cervical disease and gynecologic cancers and serves as Medical Director at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Health System. Dr. Matthews is Vice Chairman of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (CORE) board, an independent non-profit organization working to improve cancer care in Georgia by strengthening clinical cancer research throughout the state.

Learn more about Dr. Matthews here.


Electra Paskett, PhD
Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D., became the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University in 2002. She is the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the College of Medicine, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and the Associate Director for Population Sciences and Co- Program Leader of the Cancer Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University (OSU). She is also Director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity at the James Cancer Hospital. Dr. Paskett’s research program is nationally recognized for studying cancer health disparities. The program has four major areas of focus: cancer prevention; promoting the use of early-detection exams; improving access to diagnostic and treatment services; and survivorship issues.

Learn more about Dr. Paskett here.


Jessica Sugalski, MPPA
Jessica Sugalski, MPPA, joined The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) in 2014 and is currently the Director of Process and Program Management. She is responsible for the management of NCCN® projects and programs including strategic planning, lean process improvement initiatives and multi-center survey projects. Additionally, Jessica provides direction and oversight for the Best Practices Program and EHR Oncology Advisory Group, which aim to provide information and collect data on a variety of healthcare topics to assist the leadership of NCCN’s Member Institutions with improving the efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of their operations. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles on topics such as optimizing patient flow in infusion centers, management of financial distress for cancer patients, and psychology staffing at cancer centers. Jessica has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and is certified in Lean Six Sigma from the American Society for Quality (ASQ).