U.S. Grantee Summit 2017

Focusing on the Patient Experience to Advance Health Equity in Cancer and Specialty Care

April 10-12, 2017, Atlanta, GA

The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation held their second annual Joint Grantee Summit for its Bridging Cancer Care and Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations initiatives. This year, the focus of the Summit was on the patient experience and how grantee projects are developing models of care and service flows that are responsive to vulnerable and medically underserved populations. The keynote presentations, panelists, and workshops shared perspectives of health equity, leadership development, policy, advocacy, and collective impact skills.

Keynote Speakers

Grantee Presentations

Dr. Sarah Downer, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School
Policy Update from the New Administration Regarding Health Priorities
Dr. Sanjeev Arora, CEO, Project ECHO
Reducing Disparities in Cancer Care 
Roundtable Discussion: A New Era in Survivorship for Lung Cancer Patients


  • American Cancer Society, Comprehensive Lung Cancer Patient Support Program
  • Mississippi Public Health Institute, Survive 2 Thrive (S2T) - Community Based Survivorship Care for Lung Cancer Patients
  • University of South Carolina, Advancing Quality Lung Cancer Survivorship in South Carolina
  • West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Bridge to Good Living: Thriving Beyond Lung Cancer
  • University of Kentucky, Kentucky LEADS Collaborative

Grantee Panels

Panel I: Lessons from Implementing Community-Based Female Cancers and AIDS-Related Cancers in Africa


  • Helen Joseph Hospital Breast Cancer Clinic South Africa
  • Helen Joseph Hospital South Africa
  • Kimberley Hospital Complex South Africa
  • MEWATA Tanzania
  • CUAMM Ethiopia
  • Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence
  • BMSF SECURE THE FUTURE® TAP Research and Publications Cell
Panel II: Lay Health Workers & Patient Supportive Services


  • Farmworker Justice, United Eliminating Barriers to Skin Cancer Prevention
  • Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, Community Awareness Access Research & Education- c-CARE
  • Lung Cancer Alliance, National Lung Cancer Support Group Network
  • Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care, Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care
Panel III: Engaging and Training Primary Care Providers in Early Detection and Screening


  • American Cancer Society, Health centers Advancing Lung cancer Early detection (HALE) Pilot
  • University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Lung Cancer Alliance, Kentucky LEADS Collaborative
  • Levine Cancer Institute, Lung B.A.S.E.S 4 Life Program
  • Maine Medical Center, Maine Lung Cancer Coalition
Panel IV: Linkage to Healthcare and Retention in the Cancer/Specialty Care Continuum


  • Anne Arundel Medical Center, Lung Cancer Prevention in Vulnerable Populations
  • Association of Community Cancer Center, Creating an Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid
  • Patient Advocate Foundation, Linking West Virginia Lung Cancer Patients to Case Management and Support
  • The Washington AIDS Partnership, Mobile Outreach Retention & Engagement Doing MORE for HIV