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Bridging the Divide: Mental Health and Cancer Care 3rd Annual Symposium

People with mental illness are often not seen. Being invisible contributes to dying earlier and more frequently from cancer. We need to open our eyes and work together to bridge the divide between cancer and mental health to save lives and decrease suffering. Share your unique perspective as we work together to increase access to cancer care for all people affected by mental illness and their caregivers. Together, we can build a coalition with the power to save lives and decrease suffering for people affected by mental illness and cancer.

Learning Objectives

  • Increasing access to palliative care
  • Communicating effectively about hopes and fears: Palliative care conversations
  • Learning from patient, caregiver, and clinician narratives
  • Spotlighting innovative partnerships and best practices at the intersection of mental health and cancer care
  • Advocating for meaningful policy change: Mental health parity
  • Diversifying stakeholders: Fostering communication across disciplines and institutions
  • Extending our reach: Communicating science to the public to influence change

See videos from previous events.

We are excited to come together to advance equity in cancer care for people with mental illness! The event is free and all are welcome, including researchers, clinicians, psychologists, social workers, caregivers, patients, policy-makers, advocates, and community members. CEUs are available for a small fee.

Please register for the event as spaces are limited!

This program is intended to bring together diverse stakeholders invested in achieving equity in cancer care for people with serious mental illness, including:

  • Researchers
  • Clinicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Advocates
  • Patients
  • Caregivers
  • Policy-makers
  • Community members

We are excited to welcome the following speakers:

  • Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH – Chief, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatrics, Mass General
  • Ken Duckworth, MD – Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
  • Dhruv Khullar, MD, MPP – Physician, Writer for the New York Times, Advocate, Researcher
  • Michael Sharpe, MA, MD, FACLP – President-Elect, Academy of Consult Liaison Psychiatry
  • Tara Schapmire, PhD, MSSW, CSW, OSW-C, FNAP, FAOSW – Past President, Association of Oncology Social Work
  • Senator Cindy Friedman – Massachusetts State Senator, Senate Chair of Healthcare Financing

More speakers to come.


Boston Marriott Cambridge
50 Broadway
Cambridge, 02142


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