Merck Foundation debuts $20M health equity fund focused on cancer care
Health inequity in the US increasingly drew attention through the pandemic, with long-existing disparities exacerbated — and spurring fin,ancial support and promises of help from pharma companies. Now the Merck Foundation is taking a step further with a new fund to focus equity efforts specifically on cancer care.
The goal of the $20 million Alliance for Equity in Cancer Care, which debuted on Thursday, is to go beyond clinical interventions in cancer and drive much-needed surrounding support for underserved people and communities. The initiative includes grants to seven cancer centers, hospitals and researchers across the country, including Boston Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, LA, and the ASCO Foundation’s Conquer Cancer in Montana.
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