Integrating the Community Voice to Advance Cancer Research

Optimal cancer care delivery changes from place to place—what works best for one location and patient population may not be ideal for another. The same reasoning also applies to cancer research. Understanding the needs of your patient population is critical to trial design and implementation. But how can you proactively involve your community in cancer research activities? 

This webcast provides impactful strategies to incorporate your community’s needs and perspective into your research program. Expert panelists from Wake Forest share their experience and guidance to help you better understand the burden of cancer in your impact area, present ways to involve and empower patient advocates in clinical research, and discuss strategies for effective trial design and communication. 


  1. Carla Strom, MLA, Assistant Director for Operations, Office of Cancer Health Equity Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC)
  2. Kathryn Weaver, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health Services; Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine 
  3. Randall A. Oyer, MD, Medical Director, Oncology Program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health; 2020-21 ACCC President (MODERATOR)

This webcast is part of the 2020-2021 ACCC President’s Theme, Community Oncology Can Close the Gap in Cancer ResearchThis important work includes a monthly research newsletter, a series of webcasts on research-related topics of interest, blog posts, and additional resources.

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Carla Strom, MLA

Assistant Director for Operations, Office of Cancer Health Equity Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC)

Kathryn Weaver, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Randall A. Oyer, MD (Moderator)

Medical Director, Oncology Program, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health and ACCC President

Randall A. Oyer, MD, is a practicing medical oncologist at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute at Penn Medicine Lancaster General in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He serves as the Medical Director of the Cancer Institute, Medical Director of Oncology, Chairman of Cancer Committee, Chair of the Oncology Physicians Advisory Council, and Medical Director of the Cancer Risk Evaluation (Cancer Genetics) Program at Penn Medicine Lancaster General. Dr. Oyer is a member of the Cancer Service Line Executive Committee and the Cancer Service Line Quality Committee at the Abramson Cancer Center─University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Dr. Oyer divides his time among patient care, program administration, program development, and community outreach. He works closely with a multidisciplinary team that comprises nursing, social work, pharmacy, chaplaincy, and medical specialties focused on strategy, implementation, and patient care. A long-standing active member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), Dr. Oyer is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. He is also an ex-officio Commissioner of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, representing the ACCC.

Dr. Oyer is serving co-chair of the Advisory Committee for the ACCC Optimal Care Coordination Model for Lung Cancer Patients on Medicaid education project. He is an active member of the ACCC Governmental Affairs Committee, participating in Capitol Hill visits and advocating on behalf of community cancer care. Previously, Dr. Oyer served as an Advisory Committee member for the ACCC Molecular Testing education project, and he has presented a several ACCC meetings.

In addition to his participation in ACCC, he has served as a member of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Ambulatory Payment Classification Panel and of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Clinical Practice Committee.

Dr. Oyer is a graduate of Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine.


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