Addressing Bias and Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cancer: A Call to Action


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc

Monica Peek, MD, MPH, MSc is an Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine. She is also the Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, and Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. She is a practicing internist, medical educator, and clinician investigator. Her research pursues health equity and social justice, with a focus on promoting equitable doctor/patient relationships among racial minorities, integrating the medical and social needs of patients, and addressing health care discrimination and structural racism impacting health outcomes (e.g., diabetes, COVID-19). Dr. Peek has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts on health care disparities, diversity, and bias; has been the principal investigator of multiple grants to address health disparities; and has been invited to speak at numerous local and national medical meetings.

Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA
Patient Engagement Consultant
Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA

Stacy Hurt, MHA, MBA, (@stacy_hurt) is an award-winning pharma executive who bridges the industry/consumer gap as a stage IV colorectal cancer survivor and 24/7 caregiver for her intellectually and developmentally disabled son diagnosed with a rare disease. Her unique professional and personal experiences position her as a leading voice in patient advocacy as well as a well-respected Patient Engagement Consultant, establishing patient stakeholder group representation in clinical decision making, health IT user experience, and pharma/biotech drug development. Stacy was featured as the patient keynote speaker at DPHARM 2021 and was named as one of the 2022 Medika Life Top 50 Most Influential Voices in Healthcare.

Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology Oncology, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA
Ana I. Velázquez Mañana, MD, MSc

Dr. Ana Velázquez Mañana is a thoracic oncologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Division of Hematology/Oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in California. As a Latina, she advocates for workforce diversity and gender equity and has been named the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility for Training of the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCSF. Dr. Velázquez completed her MD at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, a Master of Biomedical Science at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (formerly known as Mayo Graduate School), and her Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, where she was a Chief Resident. She joined UCSF in 2018, where she completed her clinical fellowship in Medical Oncology and postdoctoral research fellowship in the National Clinician Scholars Program.

Dr. Velázquez is a member of the prestigious John A. Watson Faculty Scholars Class of 2022 at UCSF and has been awarded a Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. She aims to support and improve the outcomes of patients with lung cancer from vulnerable backgrounds using health services and disparities research.

Statement of Need

In the United States, cancer is a condition that affects millions of people every year. However, there are significant health disparities that impact people diagnosed with cancer, especially those from racial and ethnic underserved populations. From screening to stage at diagnosis to treatment choices to outcomes, these health disparities detrimentally affect every level of care and impact overall outcomes. It is imperative that clinicians understand the root causes of these disparities and recognize the pervasive impact they have on cancer care and outcomes in underserved patients.

In this CME Outfitters Snack, expert faculty will guide learners through a thorough review of current data underscoring the existence of racial and ethnic disparities within cancer care, as well as how systemic racism and social determinants of health contribute to these health disparities. They will also provide actionable steps for clinicians to take to achieve more equitable care within the field of oncology.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CME/CE activity, participants should be able to illustrate the pervasive impact of bias and disparities on persons with cancer.

Financial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Walmart Inc.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals (physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician associates (PAs), nurses, and pharmacists) within the Walmart network

Credit Information

Jointly Accredited Provider

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Interprofessional (IPCE) 0.75

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.75 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit for learning and change.

Physicians (ACCME) 0.75

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Nurses (ANCC) 0.75

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Note for California Nurses

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Pharmacists (ACPE) 0.75

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Activity UAN: JA0007185-0000-22-163-H01-P

PAs (AAPA) 0.75

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Optometry (COPE) 0.75

This course is COPE approved for 0.75 hours of CE credit.


Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.75 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

MIPS Improvement Activity

Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

Royal College MOC

Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

Disclosure Declaration

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and mitigated any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process.

Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships: Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Ms. Hurt reports no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Velazquez Manana reports the following financial relationships: Stock Shareholder (directly purchased): Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. Other Financial or Material Support: LEAD Conference advisory committee member organized by BioAscend; Stipend from MDOutlook and Curio Science; and Travel Support from DAVA Oncology

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:

  • Shirley Michelle Franks, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Morgan Stockberger, MD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

Obtaining Credits

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Optometry (COPE) Activity Number: 125258, Course ID#: 82427-PB.

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Addressing Bias and Disparities in the Care of Patients with Cancer: A Call to Action
Event Date: 12/23/2022