Equity of Care Webinar Series Part 2

Equity of Care Webinar Series
Part 2: Aligning Diversity and Inclusion, Community Engagement, Business Operations and Population Health Efforts to Achieve Equity 

This IFD and AHA webinar highlighted Cone Health's Accountability for Cancer Care Through Undoing Racism (ACCURE) project. Cone Health Cancer Center completed a 5-year prospective study evaluating novel methods to reduce the racial disparity between African American and white lung cancer patients. Specifically, there was an improvement in African Americans' completion of treatment from a 64 percent baseline to 96 percent. The white population also benefited with an increase from 76 percent to 96 percent.

Cone Health has also achieved Health Equity Index Leader Status, which is awarded by the Human Rights Campaign, for four consecutive years. Additionally, Cone Health leaders, physicians and staff have worked hard to increase awareness and competencies about LGBT health disparities. Cone Health has developed a culture of appreciating the diversity that exists among leaders, physicians and staff as well as shared accountability to serve the diverse needs of the patients in the community.


  • Laura Vail, Director of the Office of Inclusion and Health Equity, Cone Health
  • Nora Jones, Executive Director, Partnership Project
  • Samuel Cykert, M.D., Professor of Medicine at UNC-CH in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

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