NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Executive Director Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD was named a 2020 Advocacy Champion by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during the Association’s 2021 Advocacy Summit in April. Advocacy Champions are ASCO volunteers who have made meaningful contributions to ASCO’s advocacy activities throughout the year to ensure that every patient with cancer has access to high-quality, high-value cancer care, no matter who they are or where they live. Advocates speak with federal lawmakers and agencies, send personalized letters to Members of Congress through ASCO’s ACT Network, engage with state lawmakers on policy priorities at the state-level, and host site visits for lawmakers in their home states and districts.
“Congratulations to this year’s Advocacy Champions. The work of these individuals is vital in making monumental change, such as the recent passing of the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act,” said Carolyn Hendricks, MD, FASCO, chair of ASCO’s Government Relations Committee. “Through their continuous commitment to educate our lawmakers, our advocates have helped shape the policies that improve access to high-quality, equitable care for people with cancer.”
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