May 19: Dayton Physicians Network And Patients Launch National Cancer Advocacy Group Chapter

Created on: Friday, May 20, 2016

Dayton Physicians Network And Patients Launch National Cancer Advocacy Group Chapter

Dayton Patients and Physicians CPAN Chapter to Advocate for Local, Accessible, and Affordable Cancer Care for All
Kettering, Ohio – May 19, 2016 – Dayton residents have a new group dedicated to advocating for local, accessible, and affordable cancer care in their community. Today patients and leaders from the Dayton Physicians Network in Kettering, OH came together to launch a local chapter of the COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN), the national patient network of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA). 
Kicking off today at the Dayton Physicians Network ‘s Greater Dayton Cancer Center in Kettering, the Dayton CPAN chapter seeks to give patients a prominent voice alongside their oncologists, nurses, and other health care professionals, in efforts to support the cancer care system. 
“The patient voice is a critical part of discussions about America’s cancer care system. After all, patients are the ones most affected by changes that impact access to local, affordable cancer care. Unfortunately, it is often missing or overlooked by policymakers,” said Rose Gerber, director of patient advocacy and education, the Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN). “Thanks to the leadership of Dayton Physicians Network, Ohio cancer patients, family members, and survivors now have access to a powerful, national advocacy network.
CPAN is a nationally recognized patient advocacy group that utilizes the patient’s voice along with community oncologists, nurses and healthcare professionals to advocate for access to local affordable care for all cancer patients. There are active CPAN chapters across the country and advocates are regularly in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill talking to Congress about the importance of the community oncology system, where the majority of American’s with cancer are treated. 
“At Dayton Physician Network we are committed to both high quality patient care as well as educating and engaging our community in cancer care issues,” said Jill Reese, RN, BSN, OCN and the Dayton CPAN chapter leader. “As a nurse I work with patients on a daily basis and I am excited to lead this local advocacy effort and help our patients understand how national issues impact their local care.”
The chapter launch included presentations by Dayton Physician Network’s Robert Baird, RN, MSA, CASC, chief executive officer; Mark Marinella, MD.; Josh Cox, PharmD. BCPS.; Jill Reese, RN, BSN, OCN and the CPAN chapter leader. Joining them was patient speaker and advocate Deb Char, as well as Rose Gerber who discussed why patients should become cancer care advocates, how physicians advocate for patients, and how national policy issues affect local cancer care. 
About the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) 
The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to preserving and protecting access to community cancer care, where almost 70 percent of Americans with cancer are treated. COA leads community cancer clinics in navigating an increasingly challenging environment to provide efficiencies, patient advocacy, and proactive solutions to Congress and policy makers. To learn more about COA visit
About the COA Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN)
The Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN) was created in recognition of the vital role patients should play in advocating for access to local, affordable cancer care for all. CPAN is a non-cancer type-specific, national network representing patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, medical and oncology professionals, and other advocates. To learn more visit

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