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Wednesday, June 30 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
#355 SL: The Intersection of Health Equity and Personalized Medicine

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Basic
CE: ACPE 1.00 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-21-630-L04-P; CME 1.00; IACET 1.00; RN 1.00

We have an imperative to eradicate the social injustices resulting in barriers to health equity, which is one of our basic human rights. Disparities in healthcare are among the most significant forms of inequality that have profound effects on the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Aside from the systemic changes that need to occur at the point of care, it’s important that we diversify patient engagement efforts across healthcare to ensure that modern advances in science can be applied to all populations equally. A revolutionary approach to patient care, precision medicine is a shift from the traditional practices of reactive medicine to a science that is more proactive and tailored to a patient’s unique genetic, behavioral and environmental profile. However, a future where precision medicine benefits everyone requires that we address health disparities, which encompasses a variation in health outcomes and access to care. Existing health disparities can be exacerbated if the implementation of personalized medicine does not intentionally focus on the underrepresentation of diverse populations and health equity. This session will put a spotlight on the barriers, lessons learned and potential strategies to ensure that all populations have equal access to personalized medicine and its potential to transform healthcare. Engaging underrepresented and underserved populations in the recent and emerging dimensions of personalized healthcare (e.g., diagnostic tests, data, innovative trial designs), presents a new opportunity to ensure the latest innovations reach all patients; approaches and key questions to consider will be discussed. This session will present the following as critical components to alleviate health inequities in the field of personalized medicine: the role of genomic literacy and education; defining community engagement; building trust; and approaches to research and service design.

Learning Objectives

Describe the need to balance the potential of personalized medicine to improve health outcomes with the peril that the benefits may not be equitable across populations; Illustrate lessons learned in addressing health equity through the integration of the voice of the patient and patient engagement efforts; Analyze barriers and opportunities to alleviate health inequities in the field of personalized medicine.


Sarah Krug, MS


Christopher P Boone, PhD, MHA

Faswilla Sampson, MS

Jennifer Mills, PhD, MPH

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Sarah Krug

Chief Executive Officer, CANCER101, United States
Sarah Krüg is the CEO of CANCER101, a patient advocacy organization whose mission is to help patients and care partners navigate cancer care and partner with their healthcare team to make informed decisions. Sarah is also Founder of the Health Collaboratory, a global innovation hub... Read More →

Christopher Boone

Vice President, Global Head, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, AbbVie, United States
Christopher Boone, PhD has a career-long history as a dynamic, innovative thought leader and a public voice on the power of real-world evidence, health informatics, and big data analytics and its ability to radically transform the global health care system into a learning health... Read More →

Jennifer Mills

Vice President, Patient and Professional Partnerships, Foundation Medicine, Inc., United States

Faswilla Sampson

Vice President, Personalized Medicine Coalition, United States
Faswilla Sampson, M.S. is the Vice President of Operations at PMC. Representing innovators, scientists, patients, providers and payers, PMC promotes the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine concepts, services and products for the benefit of patients and the health system... Read More →

Wednesday June 30, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
TBD Virtual Event Horsham, PA 19044
  05: Patient Engagement, Forum