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This year's conference theme is Using Cancer Education to Address Social Determinants of Health, but what are "social determinants of health"? The World Health Organization (WHO) uses this definition: "The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries." Read more on the WHO website...

The Cancer Patient Education Network and the American Association for Cancer Education stand together with other healthcare organizations to condemn racism and the resulting health disparities. Police violence is a public health issue. It has an immediate impact, but it also has a profound and long-term impact on stress, mental health, and other social determinants of health in too many communities today. This is the result of a decades-long failure to build equity and inclusion and to address the underlying social determinants of health. We condemn anti-Black police violence and all other forms of structural anti-Black racism, and we commit to continuing the conversation at the 2020 International Cancer Education Conference, for which the theme is Using Cancer Education to Address Social Determinants of Health.

     

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