Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology 2021 Virtual Annual Conference - 11/13/21

Patients experiencing health disparities often lack reliable access to health care and face other obstacles to receiving the care they need, leading to higher rates of chronic diseases, including cancer, and higher mortality rates. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of these disparities. Oncologists who are knowledgeable about health disparities can play an essential role in reducing them. They can learn to recognize and support each patient’s individual needs and implement strategies to provide consistently equitable care. In particular, they need to ensure patients have clear information about their care options, including appropriate comprehensive biomarker testing, clinical trial participation, and integrative health care approaches, which can help reduce symptoms and side effects in patients with cancer. 

Target Audience

Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practioners

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the impact of health disparities on cancer care and cancer outcomes.  

  1. Detail strategies that they can use to ensure that their patients  receive more equitable care.  

  1. Employ new knowledge to communicate more effectively with patients about their options for care, including biomarker testing and clinical trials participation.  

  1. Describe the supportive role of integrative medicine approaches in reducing symptoms and treatment side effects for all patients with cancer. 

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Saturday, November 13 


10:00 AM      Welcome and Introductions 

                      Michael Carney, MD  

                      President HSCO                                                                                          

10:05 AM      Cancer Care and Disparities in HI 

                      Josh Green MD 

                      Lt. Governor of Hawaii 

10:25 AM      Covid’s effect on Cancer Care on the Neighbor Islands versus Oahu                

                      Elizabeth Wright, 

                      Director Oncology Service Line 

                      Hawaii Pacific Health 


                      Jennifer F. Carney MD 

                      Kaiser Permanente 


                      Benton Turner, M.S.H.A., C.M.D., R.T.(R)(T) 


                      Pacific Cancer Institute 


                      Darlena Chadwick 

                      Vice President Patient Care 

                      Queens Medical Center 


11:15 AM      Overcoming Racial disparities in Cancer Clinical Trial Enrollment of Asians and Pacific Islanders 

                      Jared Acoba MD 

                      Assistant Professor Clinical and Translational Research Program 

                      University of Hawaii Cancer Center  

12:00 PM      Next Generation Sequencing and Potential for Disparities 

                      Blase Polite MD, MPP, FASCO 

                      Professor of Medicine 

                      University of Chicago 



12:45 PM      Integrative Medicine Disparities 

                      Niharika Dixit MD 

                      Associate Professor Medicine 

                      University of California, San Francisco 


1:30 PM       Closing 

                     Michael Carney MD 


Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider ship of Boston University School of Medicine and the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity has been provided by Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education and jointly provided by the Hawaii Society of Clinical Oncology.


Contact Hours: 3.0

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