Jan 01, 2017 12:00 AM

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Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah, served as a panelist at an event organized by the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. The event, held on January 11, 2017, focused on addressing the cancer challenge in community oncology, including strategies for research, prevention, coverage, and quality of care. Beckerle participated in a discussion on addressing disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

"Utah presents unique challenges to confronting cancer due to the vast majority of the state characterized as rural, with less than 100 persons per square mile, and frontier, with less than 7 persons per square mile," said Beckerle. "In addition, we have special populations including several Native American Tribes or Nations. Through partnerships and alliances, we are able to provide access to cancer education and early phase clinical trials to 85% of the state."

Beckerle served as a member of the National Blue Ribbon Panel on the Cancer Moonshot initiative, which was convened in 2016 and tasked with outlining national research priorities as a part of Vice President Biden's Cancer Moonshot work. Beckerle was joined at the White House event by Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, director of Cancer Health Equity at HCI and associate vice president for health equity and inclusion at the University of Utah, and David Wetter, PhD, director of the HCI Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE) and Professor of Population Health Sciences at the University of Utah.

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