Barrett Appointed To Serve As ACCC Trustee

February 5, 2018
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, inaugural director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), has been appointed to serve as a trustee on the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Board of Trustees. 

“The ACCC’s leadership and staff appreciate the work that you have done on behalf of cancer patients and providers, and your focus on reducing health disparities and devotion to improving community and population health,” wrote Christian G. Downs, JD, MHA, executive director of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. “The board felt your experience will help us advance these initiatives.”  

Barret’s term will begin immediately and end with the conclusion of the March 2019 ACCC Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit.  

Last year ACCC presented OHED with the 2017 Innovator Award for Community Engagement and Outreach (one of 10 named by the association to receive its 2017 Innovator Award), and Barrett was appointed as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Health Disparities.

Under Barrett’s direction, DCI’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED) has developed a five-step roadmap for conducting health assessments designed to reduce cancer disparities and improve population health through community partnerships, including from the African American, Latino, and Asian communities, and is building relationships with the Muslim and LGBTQ communities as well. 

In addition to her leadership role at OHED, Barrett directs the Community Engagement Core within the Duke CTSA and the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement, and is on faculty within the Division of Community Health in the Duke School of Medicine. As a medical sociologist, she’s devoted her more than 15-year career to reducing health disparities among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations and effectively training healthcare and research professionals and trainees in community engagement, diversity and inclusion.