Achieving Health Equity in the Psychosocial Treatment of Cancer Pain

Health equity and social justice are critical drivers of quality cancer care, and practice-based solutions are needed to reduce barriers and improve health outcomes. There is a crucial need for psychosocial and supportive care services to address the differences in social and economic resources and in timely access to high-quality health care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a disruption of existing psychosocial services and has further exacerbated the disparities in access to these services among underserved patient populations. This has led to persistent and widening gaps across the cancer care continuum from prevention to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and care at the end of life for these patients.

On Thursday, October 7, the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), and American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) hosted a collaborative workshop to deliver solutions that are desperately needed to make lasting changes in oncology care delivery.

The ACCC/AOSW/APOS Joint Workshop aimed to highlight the correlates of disparate outcomes for underserved patients despite the advances in cancer care and will provide strategies to advance health equity.

Learning Objectives

After Attending This Program You Should Be Able To:

1. Identify previously unrecognized inequities in patient supportive services

2. Develop community-based strategies to increase sustainable approaches to health equity

3. Identify, recognize, and solve for issues that lead to unequal pain management, and develop more objective approaches to pain management

Additional Information

Association of Community Cancer Center
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.50 ANCC
  • 3.50 APA
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Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD

Associate Professor | Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology Associate Professor | Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine @Mount Sinai

Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Icahn). She holds many administrative positions, including Chief Quality Officer for Oncology, Director of the Supportive Oncology Program, and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at The Tisch Cancer Institute. Dr. Smith is an active clinician in both oncology and palliative medicine. As a member of the Center for Thoracic Oncology, Dr. Smith treats patients with thoracic malignancies, including non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, malignant pleural mesothelioma and thymoma. In recognition for excellence in clinical service and teaching, Dr. Smith has been the recipient of Mount Sinai’s Dr. Solomon Silver Award in Clinical Medicine and the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology’s Richard E. Rosenfeld Award.

Terry Altilio, LCSW

Palliative Social Worker

Terry Altilio is a Palliative Social Worker with 34 years direct practice experience most recently in the Division of Palliative Care at Mt Sinai Beth Israel. She is a recipient of a Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship Award 2006 and a Social Work Leadership Award from the Open Society Institute’s Project on Death in America (PDIA) which supported the first palliative social work fellowship and a listserv currently networking over 800 social workers. In 2013, Terry received the PDIA Career Achievement Award. She lectures nationally and internationally and in masters and post masters programs at NYU, Smith, Fordham and California State University on topics such as pain management, ethics, language and psychosocial issues. She has co-authored publications and is co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work, Palliative Care – A Guide for Health Social Workers and the Second edition of the Oxford Text of Palliative Social Work to be published in January 2022.

Lailea Noel, PhD

Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work @The University of Texas at Austin

Lailea Noel, PhD is Assistant Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Noel holds a courtesy appointment as Assistant Professor of Oncology and Health Social Work, co-chairs the Health Equity in Research Workgroup and serves on the Livestrong Cancer Institutes’ Clinical and Prevention Research Workgroup at the Dell Medical School at UT. Dr. Noel is a Health Equity Scholar with the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) and Director Elect of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee of the Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW). Dr. Noel has an extensive practice background with 20 years of health administration experience in the field of oncology and non-profit management. Her research interests seeks to connect communities most impacted by cancer disparities with cancer care services. She has a wealth of experience engaging communities, social scientists, and medical professionals in such research pursuits.

Phylicia Woods, JD, MSW

Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute @Cancer Support Community

Phylicia L. Woods, JD, MSW, is the Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community where she is responsible for all aspects of the CPI including legislative, regulatory, policy, and research priorities. She primarily focuses on health disparities, psychosocial care, emerging sciences, and clinical trials. Previously, Ms. Woods was a Director of Federal Relations at the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, where she developed and executed strategies to ensure that federal legislation promoted access to preventive services and quality, affordable care for people impacted by cancer. Formerly, Ms. Woods was Counsel to Former U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. Before working in the Senate, Ms. Woods served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eSwatini (Swaziland) and a Legislative Assistant to Former U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan.


Acknowledgement of Financial and/or In-Kind Commercial Support

No financial or in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.


Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation

Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses (ANCC) Credit Designation

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 3.50 ANCC contact hours.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 3.50 psychologist contact hours.

Social Workers (ASWB) Credit Designation

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3.50 GENERAL continuing education credits.


Satisfactory Completion

Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. You must attend each chosen session in its entirety as partial credit is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed above, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

How to Get Your Certificate

1. Go to

2. Click on the “Achieving Health Equity in the Psychosocial Treatment of Cancer Pain” link.

3. Evaluate the meeting.

4. Print all pages of your certificate for your records.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Available Credit

  • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 3.50 ANCC
  • 3.50 APA
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