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Cancer affects everyone, but it doesn't affect everyone equally.
Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer.
Our innovative research takes place in a lab, but its impact is felt by people in all communities. By helping produce better and more accessible treatments, finding causes of cancer, and improving quality of life , we can fight cancer before it appears and create better outcomes when it does.
ACS DISPARITIES RESEARCH GRANTS
TOTAL INVESTMENT (SINCE 1999)
CURRENT INVESTMENT (U.S.)
INVESTMENT IN KENTUCKY (SINCE 1999)
ACS DIVERSITY IN CANCER RESEARCH (DICR) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
A program, launched in 2021, that aims to improve diversity and inclusion in the cancer workforce by increasing the number of cancer researchers, who by race and ethnicity, are currently underrepresented in the field.
University of Kentucky Research Foundation is one of 12 universities receiving DICR funding.
Over the next 10 years, the DICR Internship program will offer paid biomedical research opportunities, with the goal of facilitating a minimum of 40 biomedical research internships a year, to undergraduate students.
Through our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, we’re fighting cancer right in city hall, the statehouse, and Congress in order to build healthier communities, create safer workplaces, and provide affordable access to quality medical care for everyone.
PROTECTED COLON CANCER PREVENTION & SCREENING
Protected Kentucky's Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention Program.
PROTECTED TOBACCO CESSATION
Protected funding for Kentucky's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program.
EQUITABLE RESEARCH STUDIES FOR EVERYONE TRIALS ACT
ACS is collaborating with over 150 organizations representing patients, providers and health equity advocates urging Congress to pass the act into law.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Improving access to health insurance and protecting provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that specifically aid people of color, who are more likely to be diagnosed at advanced stages of disease and less likely to receive or complete treatment.
ACS provides a 24/7 helpline, free rides to appointments, and free places to stay when traveling to treatment. We also educate health care providers to increase screening, provide more effective patient support services, and offer greater access to treatments.
KENTUCKY RAPID IMPACT GRANTS
EMERGENCY RESPONSE GRANTS
Following the deadly tornadoes that devastated Kentucky communities in 2021, ACS provided Emergency Patient Support Grants to 7 local healthcare facilities, totaling $40K, to help cancer patients impacted by the natural disaster.
Kentucky has the highest incidence rate and the 5th highest mortality rate for colorectal cancer in the nation. ACS is a lead partner in a 5-year CDCfunded grant to work with the Kentucky Department of Public Health and health systems to implement evidence-based interventions in the clinical space to improve screening rates and address disparities.
LGBTQ+ AND CANCER CARE
ACS is developing an ECHO series to address the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ population among the cancer continuum, increasing competency in caring for these individuals in a primary care setting.