For immigrants and other medically underserved people, coping with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Few have the resources to access quality cancer care. Lack of access to health information and services has been shown to have a disproportionately negative impact on treatment outcomes for the medically underserved. (1)
The Integrated Cancer Care Access Network (ICCAN) gives immigrants with cancer more opportunities to access quality care. We connect our clients with a variety of services and resources that can help ease the enormous financial burden of cancer treatment, including the cost of medical care and indirect costs such as transportation and childcare. We also offer assistance and support to reduce cultural and linguistic obstacles to completing cancer treatment.
ICCAN currently provides case management for more than 200 patients with cancer at 11 hospitals in New York City. ICCAN’s case managers help patients secure health insurance, transportation, food, psychosocial support, childcare, legal advice, and other resources.
Since 2015, ICCAN has been working with housing advocacy groups to promote city-wide policies to help homeless and unstably housed cancer patients.
ICCAN’s community workers, social workers, and patient navigators help patients access services from more than 300 community-based organizations. We also train hospital staff to help immigrants and other medically underserved patients overcome treatment obstacles.
Data from ICCAN will help us to increase the number of patients who complete their cancer treatment and improve the quality of life for low-income and immigrant patients.
For more information about ICCAN program activities, please contact Julia Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about ICCAN research, please contact Nicole Roberts at email@example.com.