Policy Approaches to Achieving Equity in Cancer Pain Management: Narrowing the Gap

April 9, 2021
12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EST

In this webinar, two experts addressed policy barriers to equitable delivery of cancer care. Specifically, they discussed policies created in response to the opioid epidemic and Medicare policies that impact end-of-life care for cancer patients, particularly those who suffer from cancer pain. The webinar concluded with a panel discussion, led by a discussant who is an expert in policy implementation science.


“Opioid Epidemic and Cancer Pain Care: Lessons from Converting Policies into Practice"

Salimah H. Meghani, Ph.D., M.B.E., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Professor of Nursing & Term Chair of Palliative Care

Associate Director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

University of Pennsylvania


 “Structural Inequity and Cancer Pain management policy: A Social Work Perspective”

 Suzanne Marmo, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.P.H.S.W.-C.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Sacred Heart University


 Jonathan Purtle, Dr.P.H., M.Sc.

Associate Professor at Drexel University

Dornsife School of Public Health



Amanda Acevedo, Ph.D.
Cancer Research Training Fellow, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch
NCI Behavioral Research Program

Rebecca Ferrer, Ph.D.
Program Director, Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch
NCI Behavioral Research Program

Sandra Mitchell, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.
Program Director, Outcomes Research Branch
NCI Healthcare Delivery Research Program


The Achieving Equity in Cancer Pain Management Webinar Series is hosted by the NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Taking a multilevel perspective, the series examines the factors that individually and jointly affect disparities in the quality and outcomes of cancer pain management, and considers approaches to reduce the unequal burden of suffering.


Last Updated
June 03, 2021