Building Equal Access Together in Cancer (BEAT-C)

Building Equal Access Together in Cancer (BEAT-C) to Reduce Inequities in Minority Cancer Survivor Health and Improve Wellbeing in Washington, DC
  • This work was supported by cooperative agreement U01DP006639 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The work does not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC

About the Study

This project identifies and addresses the social needs of people affected by cancer.

What we do: 

  • Screening people with a history of breast and prostate cancer for social needs and identifying resources to meet those needs

  • Testing the impact of a six-month community health worker (CHW) intervention on cancer survivor quality of life 

  • Standing up diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) task forces across three cancer centers to address structural bias

  • Training staff and clinicians on implicit bias

This project is a collaboration of the GW Cancer Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington Cancer Institute, and Howard University Cancer Center( MPIs: Arem/Pratt Chapman). 

Our study endpoints include:

  • Patient experiences of discrimination 

  • Impact of CHW support on cancer survivor quality of life

  • Organizational change and addressing structural bias across three cancer centers

The long-term goal of this study is to develop scalable, sustainable, and effective interventions to address the social needs of cancer patients and create equitable cultures of clinical care. 


Investigator Team:

  • Hannah Arem, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator (MPI)

Scientific Director, Implementation Science, Healthcare Delivery Research, MedStar Health Research Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown School of Medicine

  • Mandi L. Pratt-Chapman, PhD, MA, OPN-CG, Co-Principal Investigator (MPI)

Associate Professor, Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Associate Professor, Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Associate Center Director, Patient-Centered Initiatives & Health Equity, GW Cancer Center
The George Washington University

  • Christopher Gallagher, MD, Co-Investigator

Medical Director of Cancer Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

  • Christopher King, PhD, Co-Investigator

Chair, Health Systems Administration, Georgetown University

  • Teletia Taylor, PhD, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor, Medicine and Psychology, Howard University Cancer Center

  • Yan Wang, MD, DrPH, Co-Investigator

Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health; Milken Institute School of Public Health
The George Washington University 

 

Project Team:

  • Shayla Scarlett, MBA, MPA, Project Manager

Assistant Director, Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity at GW Cancer Center

  • Karey M. Sutton, PhD

Scientific Director, Health Equity Research, MedStar Health Research Institute

  • Jessica N. Rivera, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist, Implementation Science, Healthcare Delivery Research, MedStar Health Research Institute

  • Shelby A. Wyand, MSc

Research Scientist, Health Equity Research, MedStar Health Research Institute

  • Arianna Milicia

Project Manager, Senior Research Associate, National Center For Human Factors in Healthcare, MedStar Health Research Institute

  • Marjanna Smith

Senior Research Associate, Implementation Science, Healthcare Delivery Research, MedStar Health Research Institute

  • Andrea Lopez,Clinical Research Coordinator (Clinical Research Coordinator, MedStar Health)

  • Nafesa Roshan, Data Coordination Support (Administrative Assistant, GW Cancer Center) 

  • Annie Mcdonnell, Data Coordination Support (Research Assistant, GW Cancer Center)

Participant Advisory Board:

  • Tallulah Anderson

  • Jaqueline Beale

  • Roger Clark

  • Cheryl Shaw


Newsletters

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Resources

Please find our resource list here.


Results

This is a five-year initiative. Please check back periodically for the latest information.


Contact

If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact the research team lead investigators at:


Ethical Review

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board ("IRB") #STUDY00004397.

Contact details: irboard@georgetown.edu | 202-741-2210


Resources

Please find our resource list here.


Results

This is a five-year initiative. Please check back periodically for the latest information.


Contact

If you have questions, concerns, or complaints, please contact the research team lead investigators at:


Ethical Review

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board ("IRB") #STUDY00004397.

Contact details: irboard@georgetown.edu | 202-741-2210