Interdisciplinary Teams Addressing Social Risks in Cancer Care Webinar Series

Information regarding how interdisciplinary teams integrate, collaborate, and coordinate social care into cancer care is needed to improve equity in the delivery of quality cancer care, especially for cancer patients and survivors who are medically underserved, experiencing poverty, and in need of social care.

This series highlights important topics related to implementing interdisciplinary care team models and approaches for addressing social risks and needs of cancer patients and survivors across diverse care delivery settings. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health CareExternal Web Site Policy described five systems-level activities – Awareness, Adjustment, Assistance, Alignment, Advocacy – that healthcare organizations and healthcare teams can conduct to strengthen the integration of social care into clinical care. The report also identified key components for conducting these five activities, including appropriately staffed and trained interprofessional teams working together to address social conditions and provide efficient clinical care. The interprofessional team may include nurses, physicians, physical therapists, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, pharmacists, home health aides, family caregivers, case managers, and lawyers. Understanding the role that each member of an interprofessional team plays across the five activities, as well as identifying the teamwork skills necessary to effectively coordinate and deliver social and cancer care are important for improving healthcare and health outcomes.

This series discusses existing interdisciplinary care workforce models for addressing social risks in cancer care, challenges for interdisciplinary care teams and healthcare organizations, and opportunities for value-based approaches aimed at improving the delivery of high-quality clinical and non-clinical care for cancer patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the composition and roles of the interdisciplinary teams addressing social risks and needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer
  • Describe effective team-based care approaches for integrating social care into cancer care while improving care coordination
  • Identify challenges with developing interdisciplinary social-oncology care teams across diverse community and healthcare settings
  • Identify research opportunities for improving cancer disparities and inequities through team-based care and care coordination

Target Audience

This webinar series is intended for clinicians, researchers, community and health care leaders, cancer patients, survivors, and patient advocates.


Date Session Title and Focus Speakers
May 6, 2022
2:00pm EST
Interdisciplinary Teams Addressing Social Risks: Workforce Models

In this session, speakers highlight the role of interprofessional teams working to address social risks and needs across the five activities of awareness, adjustment, assistance, alignment, and advocacy. Speakers review the current state of the literature on workforce models used to screen for and respond to patients’ unmet social needs, particularly within cancer care delivery settings. Presenters also discuss key recommendations for building a workforce to integrate social care into healthcare delivery.

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Sahil SandhuExternal Web Site Policy, BS
Harvard Medical School

Janet Prvu BettgerExternal Web Site Policy, PhD
Duke University

July 14, 2022
2:00pm EST
Addressing Social Risks at Cancer Diagnosis: An Interdisciplinary Teams Perspective (Case Study #1)

In this interactive session, panelists will discuss team-based care approaches for integrating social care into cancer care for newly diagnosed cancer patients. The panelists will also discuss provider and organizational barriers and facilitators of interprofessional collaboration and implementation of sustainable efforts.

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Kameron MatthewsExternal Web Site Policy, MD JD FAAFP

Ron KarniExternal Web Site Policy, MD
UT Health Houston

Angela UsherExternal Web Site Policy, PhD LCSW, OSW-C
UC Davis

Eduardo SalasExternal Web Site Policy, PhD
Rice University

Melissa SimonExternal Web Site Policy, MD MPH

October 27, 2022 Addressing Social Risks During Active Treatment and Survivorship: An Interdisciplinary Teams Perspective (Case Study #2)

In this interactive session, panelists will discuss team-based care approaches for addressing social risks of cancer patients who are receiving cancer treatment and may be transitioning into survivorship care. Panelists will also discuss barriers and facilitators for developing interdisciplinary social-oncology care teams across community and healthcare settings.

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Raymond Osarogiagbon, M.D.External Web Site Policy
Baptist Cancer Center

Tammy Glover, M.S.N., R.N., OCN
University of Pennsylvania - Penn Medicine

David Jacobs, PharmD, Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
University of Buffalo

Archana Radhakrishnan, M.D., M.H.S.External Web Site Policy
University of Michigan

Veena Shankaran, M.D., M.P.H.External Web Site Policy
Fred Hutch Cancer Center

Mary Alice Scott, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University

Last Updated: 19 Apr, 2024