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Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference

Cancer survivors and advocates are important members of the research community and valuable participants at the AACR Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference, October 6-8, 2021. The following is a brief overview of the opportunities available to cancer survivors and patient advocates at the Science of Cancer Health Disparities Conference.

Congratulations to the following patient advocate speakers:

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Welcome and Opening Session
10 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT
Advocate Keynote
The state of possible

Loriana Hernandez-Aldama, ArmorUp for LIFE, Atlanta, GA

Concurrent Session 4: LGBTQ+ Cancer Health Disparities
2-3 p.m. DST
Findings from Out: The National Cancer Survey
Scout, National LGBT Cancer Network, Providence, RI

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Hot Topics in Cancer Health Disparities 1
3:15-5 p.m. EDT
Association of Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions with healthcare access and utilization among people who smoke
Priti Bandi, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA


Individuals wishing to attend the conference must register online. Registration will not be processed without full payment. All fees must be in U.S. currency, drawn on a U.S. bank. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are also accepted for payment.

Patient Advocate Member$0
Patient Advocate Nonmember$149
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AACR members must log into their member account when registering online to obtain the member rates (member dues must be paid through 2021 prior to registering). Online registrations will be confirmed by email immediately. Receipts can also be obtained online.

If you are a nonmember Patient Advocate registering for this conference, email the AACR Survivor and Patient Advocacy Department at [email protected] for verification. Should you need financial assistance, please email [email protected].

Please note: Users must log in to myAACR to register. The “Register” button will become active once you log in using an existing account or once you create a new nonmember account.

Attendee registration includes admission to all sessions from October 6-8, 2021, and streaming access after the virtual meeting. All fees are listed in U.S. Dollars (USD) and are nonrefundable.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommends that everyone 12 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine. That includes most people with underlying medical conditions, including cancer. To date, there are over 80 million Americans who have not been vaccinated. The reasons are numerous, but the leading explanation is mistrust in the vaccine and concern about its long term effects. This session will address the topic of mistrust of health care providers or systems among underrepresented communities, who are more likely to get seriously ill and die from COVID-19, but hesitant to take the coronavirus vaccine. It will also highlight ways patient advocates are engaging their communities to build trust in the vaccine. Highlighted programs focused on improving communications, increasing education, creating welcoming environments, and addressing barriers to access.

Attendees must register for the conference to attend.


Visit the AACR Virtual Advocacy Lounge to meet members of the AACR patient advocacy staff, ask questions, and connect with other patient advocates. Join the discussion on October 7, 2021, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Email [email protected] to request access to the lounge.

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Last Updated: 9/17/21