Addressing Socioeconomic Determinants of Health

Socioeconomic barriers have been linked to incomplete treatment and decreased quality of life for immigrants and minorities with cancer. Many patients with cancer who lack adequate health insurance have difficulty paying for rent and food.

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service offers a variety of programs that help medically underserved cancer patients and survivors obtain health services and nutritional support during and after treatment.

  • Integrated Cancer Care Access Network

    We offer case management services for immigrants with cancer at 11 hospitals in New York City, and conduct research to identify and alleviate the most significant barriers to obtaining cancer treatment.

  • Food to Overcome Outcome Disparities

    We partner with the Food Bank for New York City and other organizations to provide medically tailored food pantries in hospitals for medically underserved cancer patients.

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