We are delighted to announce that Alyce Adams, PhD has been appointed Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health, inaugural Director of Stanford Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Office of Cancer Health Equity and SCI Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement.
Over her nearly 20-year research career, Dr. Adams has established herself as a foremost thought leader in health services and policy research – enhancing understanding of the causes and effects of health care inequities among vulnerable populations. Her research focuses primarily on the determinants of suboptimal use of beneficial health care services among older adults with chronic conditions, including cancer; racial differences in medication adherence; and the impact of health policy changes on access to quality care.
In addition to Kaiser Permanente’s disparities working group, Dr. Adams has served on the advisory committee on quality for the California Healthy Families Program, which provides low-cost health, dental, and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. From 2000-2008, Dr. Adams was an Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She earned her PhD in Health Policy at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Adams’ breadth of experience, innovative research, and strategic vision promise to accelerate the impact of the SCI Office of Cancer Health Equity. This new office, which will assume the mission of SCI’s Community Outreach and Engagement Program, represents a critical investment in Stanford Medicine’s commitment to dismantling the systemic racism that creates barriers to care and results in health inequities. Faculty and staff in the office will promote cancer health equity through bi-directional community partnerships that lead to the co-creation of research, programs, and policies aimed at eliminating cancer health disparities.
Please join us in extending her a warm welcome to Stanford.