Webinar: “Ensuring the Delivery of Patient-Centered Cancer Care”

Ensuring the Delivery of Patient-Centered Cancer Care Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET The demand for quality, patient-centered care is growing throughout the country. As more people are living with cancer, it is increasingly clear that the responsibility for such care extends beyond cancer centers and into communities and the home. Central to this challenge are the Commission on Cancer and the comprehensive cancer control coalitions. The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently released new accreditation standards in order to ensure that key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every person treated in a CoC-accredited facility. These…

Using Systems Thinking and Tools to Solve Public Health Problems

Public health researchers and practitioners often work to solve complex population and health issues, such as obesity and chronic disease, which are deeply embedded within the fabric of society. As such, the solutions often require intervention and engagement with key stakeholders and organizations across many levels, ranging from local entities (schools, churches, and work environments) to regional systems (health departments and hospital networks) to entire countries (national agencies). This multi-level, multi-participant view is at the heart of systems thinking, a process of understanding how parts influence one another within a whole. During December’s NCI Research to Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar, Dr. Allan…