I hope everyone is enjoying the fall season.
In our previous newsletter, you learned about our CPAN advocates on Capitol Hill meeting with congressional staff to deliver the CPAN message – We Support the Cure and Advocate for the Care. They shared their patient stories and what community oncology means to them.
In this newsletter you will learn about our CPAN advocacy efforts at the state level. From the September launch of our newest chapter, Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York, to this weeks in-state legislative visits by our CPAN chapter at Northwest Georgia Oncology.
On the national level I continue to represent CPAN by speaking at multiple advocacy conference programs. At the Association for Value Based Cancer Care’s, Oncology Practice Managers meeting, I provided the patient voice by serving as a panelist alongside COA Executive Director, Ted Okon, Kari Young, Executive Administrator at Hematology Oncology Associates, and Barbara McAneny, MD, CEO of the New Mexico Cancer Center. (see below photo)
In October, Merck US-Advocacy and Professional Affairs Advocacy hosted an advocacy event at their corporate headquarters in Upper Gwynedd, PA. I joined COA executive staff Bo Gamble, Director of Practice Initiatives, Mary Kruczynski, Director of Policy Analysis, and Ted Okon, Executive Director, each of us providing COA and CPAN news. My role was providing insight into CPAN national and state based advocacy initiatives.
With a solid foundation of ten CPAN chapters in place at community oncology clinics across the U.S. our goal is further national expansion. To encourage action, at COA’s recent board meeting we provided a sneak peek of our advocacy toolkit. Stay tuned for more about that soon!