Imagine Session

What is the Imagine Cancer Equity Series?

Our annual thought leadership event will be presented as a three-part series this winter. Imagine Cancer Equity includes three collaborative sessions focused on social determinants of health in cancer and the role that Family Reach and our community can play in supporting the most vulnerable populations facing cancer. While you can attend just one or two, each session will build momentum from the previous one as we once again come together to collaborate on solutions for better access to cancer care.


Imagine Cancer Equity:

Elevating the Patient Voice

Session 3: March 18, 2021
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

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We’re closing out the last session in our Imagine Cancer Equity series with the voices of cancer patients and caregivers. As the inequalities of our cancer care system become more apparent and complex, the only way to create truly patient-centric solutions is by listening to the real stories of those who have experienced the disparities firsthand.


Our panelists will share how barriers to care presented themselves as a result of their own social, economic, or neighborhood factors — and how they came to understand them as critical determinants of their healthcare.


This Imagine: Cancer Equity session will open with a special pre-recorded performance from jazz musicians Wynton Marsalis, Ted Nash, and Kristen Lee Sergeant. Beyond their musical talent, Marsalis, Nash, and Sergeant will offer a unique lens for us to consider our own efforts in addressing inequality through a performance that unites the history of jazz and blues with the evolution of race relations and American culture.

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Pre-Recorded Performance

Imagine Cancer Equity:

Understanding Health Disparities to Improve Patient Care and Support Programs

Session 1: October 20, 2020
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM ET

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The first in a three-part Imagine Cancer Equity series focused on social determinants of health (SDOH), this event will start the conversation by defining these determinants and addressing how they create disparities in the cancer care system. From access to care to the ability to afford daily essentials like healthy foods and housing, SDOH can lead to poorer health outcomes for patients and families from certain socioeconomic backgrounds. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is magnifying these health disparities.

For our first session, moderator Yousuf Zafar, MD will bring together experts from the field for this virtual one hour discussion. Panelists will share their first-hand clinical experience and the most up-to-date research to educate attendees on the scope of this problem. Dr. Yousuf Zafar will then lead a discussion to help our wide-ranging audience view their services through a health-equity lens and consider changes to promote equality in cancer care.

Imagine Cancer Equity:

Leveraging Collaboration Across Sectors to Eliminate Disparities

Session 2: January 26, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM ET

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Our three-part Imagine Cancer Equity series continues with a discussion focused on collaboration across industries to best serve all cancer patients, regardless of their socioeconomic status. With the COVID-19 pandemic magnifying the disparities in social determinants of health, such as access to care and the ability to afford daily essentials like healthy foods and housing, there is widespread opportunity for improvements.

Our expert panelists will discuss the myriad of challenges embedded in delivering truly equitable programs and how partnerships can help close the gaps. They’ll share tangible examples of successful collaborations, including increasing representation in program staff to expanding outreach in target communities.

After a panel discussion, attendees will brainstorm in small groups to innovate on working together to promote equality in cancer care.

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Email Alex Markel at [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities

Interested in being an Imagine Session Sponsor?

Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for our three part Imagine Session by emailing Joan Russo at [email protected] for more information.

Stay tuned for future Imagine Sessions!