reducing cancer survivorship disparities

When information is readily and easily accessible, quality outcomes for patient survivorship improves, and stress and anxiety decreases.  CLRC is committed to providing information and resources on cancer-related legal issues to health care professionals, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, psychosocial care providers, physician’s assistants, patient navigators, patient advocates and community health advocates.  Ultimately, the goal is to train health care professionals to identify cancer-related legal issues and legal barriers to health care.  CLRC also provides appropriate referrals, which improves quality of life for cancer survivors and caregivers.

Evidence shows that being uninsured or underinsured increases risk of an early death in select illnesses and populations.  Confirmed in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) National Healthcare Quality Report 2011, urgent attention is needed to reduce disparities for minority and low-income groups regarding cancer screening and access to care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality affirmed this in its 2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report stating, “The death rate from a disease is a function of many factors, including causes of the disease, social forces and effectiveness of the health care system in providing prevention, treatment and management of the disease.”