Cancer Patients Alliance (Pacific Grove, CA)
Contact: Dale O’Brien, MD
Cancer Patients Alliance (CPA) was founded in 2001 in Monterey County by physicians and community members concerned about the lack of sufficient, reliable information and resources for cancer patients. CPA convenes an ad hoc collaborative group known as the Salinas Valley Alliance for Cancer Care (“SVACC”) that now also includes: American Cancer Society, Cancer Prevention Institute of California, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas, Monterey County Health Department, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMH), and the Stanford Cancer Institute. More There are four programs or projects that CPA have been actively involved: 1) CPA has been working with Stanford Cancer Institute on a feasibility study, "Building an Academic-Community Partnership to Understand and Address Barriers to Cancer Care in the Salinas Valley Region of Monterey County"; 2) In collaboration with SVMH, outreach to Latinos and underserved communities on increased access to cancer clinical trials, 3) In collaboration with SVMH, the staffing of a weekly social services clinic for the underserved with cancer to provide advocacy and resources such as wigs, child care, medications, and help with access to oncology specialists, and 4) Attendance in the Intensive Training Program (Creating Research Infrastructure to Better Science) in collaboration with Stanford Cancer Institute and SVMH to initially develop a community-based program in the Salinas Valley called Voices of Salinas – Identifying Gaps in Breast Cancer Care.