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Keynote Session: Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity (ACCURE)

Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 5:30 PM CT / 6:30 PM EST

About the Keynote Session:

This event focuses on the work of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative and its ACCURE initiative—a five-year study funded by the National Cancer Institute and collaboratively executed through a collaboration among the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Partnership Project of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, Cone Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This study aims at achieving equity of care for African-American cancer patients through accountability, transparency, and self-advocacy within the healthcare system.


Dr. Stephanie Baker, PhD is Associate Professor of Public Health Studies at Elon University. She is a scholar activist and her work uses a racial equity and anti-racism lens, combined with Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches, to understand and address racial health inequities. Her recent work, in collaboration with community partners, has focused on maternal and child health outcomes for Black women, racial inequities in cancer care, and community-academic partnership development and capacity building to address health inequities. She is currently the academic co-lead for the African American/Black Community Response Team addressing the impact of COVID on communities of color. Dr. Baker is Elon’s Internship Director for SHECP and for Elon’s Poverty and Social Justice minor.

Dr. Sam Cykert, MD is a Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in the Division of General Internal Medicine. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine with Highest Distinction and did his Internal Medicine Residency and General Medicine Faculty Fellowship at UNC. He started his career as a solo practitioner in Alamance County and learned firsthand how real world issues led to variations in care. Combining his research training, his role as a founding member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative, and interest in health policy, Cykert has been heavily involved in projects that address cancer and chronic care management including the building of systems that address health care disparities. He has served as principal or co-principal investigator on several studies including the NCI-sponsored Accountability for Cancer Care through Undoing Racism and Equity system change intervention and the American Cancer Society-sponsored, “Lung Cancer Surgery: Decisions Against Life Saving Care – The Intervention.” Dr. Cykert also led the North Carolina Collaborative in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s “EvidenceNow” Project. The NC group engaged 219 primary care practices caring for over 600,000 adult patients who achieved significant cardiovascular disease risk reductions especially among Black patients in the “Stroke Belt” region of the state.

Dr. Matt Manning, MD is the chief of oncology for Cone Health.  Dr. Manning completed his medical degree and residency at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He is board certified in radiation oncology and was named an ASTRO Fellow (American Society for Radiation Oncology) for his contributions to the specialty.  He is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership Physician Leadership Academy.  He has completed the physician leadership program with Health Management Academy.

Manning served as president of the Greater Greensboro Society of Medicine in 2014. He is a member of the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative.

Terence “TC” Muhammad has been a community activist and organizer for over two decades. His experience spans voter mobilization campaigns, issue advocacy, and coalition building in African American communities, faith communities, on college campuses, and among civil rights and progressive organizations. Muhammad works at the intersection of economic justice, criminal justice reform, climate and environmental justice, youth empowerment, and community health. His primary role as Community Outreach Manager for Hip Hop Caucus is to coordinate grassroots mobilizations with advocacy agendas at local, state, and federal levels. This involves working with local and national issue-based coalitions, Hip Hop Caucus’ grassroots leaders, and elected officials to ensure communities’ voices have a say in the policymaking process. TC is from and lives in North Carolina and proudly wears the banner of an Aggie having studied Psychology at North Carolina A&T State University. He remains very involved in his local community while raising his son.

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