Health equity is the goal for every person to be as healthy as possible regardless of their circumstance or background. There are many obstacles to achieving this goal, most of them non-medical: 50% are social factors, 30% health behaviors, and 20% medical care.
A top priority for the CEO Roundtable on Cancer in 2021 and beyond is advancing health equity in all that we do: Cancer Gold Standard™ health and wellbeing programs, Project Data Sphere™ clinical trial innovation programs, and a new Going for Gold initiative building partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions across the country.
The cancer statistics alone reflect the need for urgent action:
· Blacks have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial / ethnic group in the US for most cancers. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics.
· People in the poorest areas have 20-25% higher cancer death rates than those in the most affluent areas, and the gap is growing.
· Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.
· Low screening rates for breast, colorectal and prostate cancers, among others, mean treatment in Blacks and Hispanics must wait until after a delayed diagnosis.
Together we can change the course of generations.
The Cancer Gold Standard already impacts more than 7 million employees and their families through our network of CEOs and companies. The Going for Gold initiative is a way to expand that health community by engaging more than 4 million students, families, and school alumni.
Project Data Sphere’s work could reach countless more people as it benefits more than 50 HBCU or HSI institutions with health-affiliated programs such as medical schools, nursing, pre-med, health information, and health communication.
More than 55 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.”
The CEO Roundtable on Cancer is working to extend cancer prevention, diagnosis and access to treatment, including the latest scientific advancements, to all.
Join us in the movement to build health equity.