U.S. Grantee Summit 2018

Focusing on Providing Hope and Improving Lives for Vulnerable and Medically Underserved Populations

April 9-11, 2018, Charleston, SC

The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation held their third annual Joint Grantee Summit for the Bridging Cancer Care and Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations initiatives. This year, the focus of the Summit was on providing hope and improving lives for vulnerable and medically underserved populations. The keynote presentations, panels, and workshops provided a variety of content geared toward showcasing grantees work in improving health equity.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Lathan, MD

Medical Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Faculty Director for Cancer Care Equity Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Bringing Oncology Specialty Care to the Community using Nurse Navigation” 

Gary Puckrein, PhD

President and Chief Executive Officer, National Minority Quality Forum 
“Using Big Data to Address Health Disparities”

Grantee Presentations

Grantee Presentation I: Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation Policy Update

Robert Greenwald, Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Healthcare Reform / Health Policy Update

Grantee Presentation III: Survivorship Care Grantee Poster Session


  • West Virginia University Cancer Institute, Bridge to Good Living: Thriving Beyond Lung Cancer
  • University of South Carolina, Advancing Quality Lung Cancer Survivorship in South Carolina
  • The Cancer Center at Greenwood Leflore, Survive 2 Thrive (S2T) - Community Based Survivorship Care for Lung Cancer Patients
  • American Cancer Society, Comprehensive Lung Cancer Patient Support Program
  • University of Kentucky, Kentucky Leads Collaborative
  • Lung Cancer Alliance, National Lung Cancer Support Group Network
Grantee Presentation II: Rapid Fire Presentations—Overview of Lung Screening Projects with Expert Respondents


  • University of Louisville, Project LUCA
  • Levine Cancer Institute, Lung B.A.S.E.S 4 Life 
  • Maine Medical Center, Maine Lung Cancer Coalition
  • Ralph Lauren Cancer Center, Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care
  • American Cancer Society, Project HALE
  • University of Kentucky, Kentucky Leads Collaborative
  • Richmond VA, VA-PALS

Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Expert Advisory Council Respondents:

  • Renzo Canetta, Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology R&D (retired)
  • Roy Herbst, Yale Cancer Center
  • Christopher Lathan, Dana-Farber Cancer Center
  • Derek Raghavan, Levine Cancer Center
  • Chad Shearer, Center for Medicaid, United Hospital Fund
  • Annette Stanton, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Richard Wender, American Cancer Society
  • Lee Krug, US Medical Oncology (Lung), Bristol Myers Squibb

Grantee Panels

Panel I: Delivering High Quality Cancer Care in Low Resource Settings in the US and Africa


  • Calvert Memorial Hospital, Rapid Access Chest and Lung Assessment Program
  • Farmworker Justice, United Eliminating Barriers to Skin Cancer Prevention
  • Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University, Community Awareness Access Research & Education- c-CARE
  • AMPATH and Moi Teaching Hospital, Multinational Lung Cancer Control Program
  • University of Witwatersrand (WITS), Helen Joseph Hospital, Centre of Respiratory Excellence- CORE
  • Kimberley Hospital, Northern Cape Cancer Center of Excellence- NC CanCER


Panel II: Health Systems Strengthening Innovative Models to Improving Access to Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations


  • Patient Advocate Foundation, West Virginia Lung Cancer Project
  • University of North Carolina Health Care, A System-wide Care Pathway for Atrial Fibrillation
  • Association of Community Cancer Centers, Creating an Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid 
  • Washington AIDS Partnership, Mobile Outreach Retention & Engagement


An Animated Guide to Lung Cancer Demonstration

Nancy Torrison, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation

Workshop Presenters

Workshop I: The Role of Health Systems in Advancing Equity

Faculty: Amy Reid, IHI; Brian Lloyd, HealthPartners

Workshop III: Lung Cancer Screening Implementation & Beyond

Faculty: Doug Wood, University of Washington;  Robert Volk, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center;  Ella Kazerooni, University of Michigan;  Peter Mazzone, Cleveland Clinic

Workshop II: Implementing Project ECHO: How to Amplify Your Impact, Build Capacity and Reduce Disparities

Faculty: Oliver Bogler, Sarah Zalud-Cerrato, Erika Harding, Lucca Cirolia – ECHO Institute 

Skill Building Workshops

  • Skills Building Workshop I: Interactive Presentation Skills
    Faculty: Gerry Sandusky, The Sandusky Group
  • Skills Building Workshop II: Sustainability Toolkit, FSG
    Faculty: Lauren Smith, & Neeraja Bhavarju, FSG