White House Leaders Visit UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center Following President Biden’s State of the Union Address

March 13, 2024 by

Biden Moonshot Project Danielle Carnival visit

left to right: Thomas Loughran Jr., MD, director of UVA Cancer Center; Blake Herring, cancer services administrator; Danielle Carnival, deputy assistant to the President for the Cancer Moonshot and deputy director for health outcomes of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Catherine Terrell, RN, director of Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center Clinical Operations, Leigh Cantrell, MD, oncology physician service line lead; and Karen Ballen, chief of hematology/oncology and medical director of the stem cell transplantation program

On Monday, March 11, following President Biden’s State of the Union Address, Danielle Carnival, PhD, deputy assistant to the president for the Cancer Moonshot and director for Health Outcomes for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, came to UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center to uplift new announcements made by the President to advance the goals of the Biden Cancer Moonshot and his Unity Agenda.

The Cancer Moonshot announced new commitments from seven leading health insurance companies to begin paying for navigation services for people living with cancer and their families. In total, these health insurers serve more than 150 million Americans across the country.

Additionally, the Biden Cancer Moonshot announced 40 comprehensive cancer centers and community oncology practices nationwide that have committed to using the new navigation codes to deliver effective patient navigation to people facing cancer. Navigators guide families through every step of their cancer journey and have been shown to improve health outcomes and the patient experience by reducing times between diagnosis and treatment, and by increasing treatment completion.

Dr. Carnival discussed how this latest step will reduce cancer disparities, improve health outcomes, and create a pathway of continued support for more American families.



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