Patient Advocacy

Dayton Physicians Network is proud to be part of The Community Oncology Alliance Patient Advocacy Network (CPAN). CPAN is a national advocacy organization committed to raising awareness of independent, community cancer care and the issues that affect it. A community oncology practice is a private, physician-owned cancer clinic that is not part of a hospital, academic center, or medical teaching institution. CPAN advocates — including patients, survivors, caregivers, nurses, pharmacists, oncologists, and more — share their personal stories and advocacy power so elected officials understand the importance of local, affordable, and accessible cancer care close to where they live and work.


The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for community oncology practices and, most importantly, the patients they serve. COA is the only organization dedicated solely to community oncology where the majority of Americans with cancer are treated. The mission of COA is to ensure that cancer patients receive quality, affordable, and accessible cancer care in their own communities. Learn more about COA by visiting: and more about CPAN by visiting:

CPAN Advocacy Chats:
Launched in August 2020, the CPAN Advocacy Chats series are 30-minute, monthly educational webinars on key cancer issues and the policies that impact them. Each month, a special guest joins COA’s Director of Patient Advocacy & Education, Rose Gerber for a conversation on oncology and advocacy-related topics. Click an option below to watch the video from each month.

April’s Advocacy Chat

By Dayton Physicians Network | April 13, 2022 |

This month’s speaker, Alan Balch, PhD, chief executive officer of the Patient Advocate Foundation and the National Patient Advocate Foundation, brought expertise and history in dealing with health care equity, as well as the experience of the Patient Advocate Foundation, to the discussion.

March Advocacy Chat

By Dayton Physicians Network | March 9, 2022 |

This Advocacy Chat focused on what high-quality cancer care is, and Bo Gamble, COA’s director of quality and value, discussed the components of quality cancer care.

February’s Advocacy Chat

By Dayton Physicians Network | February 2, 2022 |

Advocacy Chat guest speaker is Carla Tardif, the chief executive officer of Family Reach. She is going to give an overview of the organization, explain their focus on the financial distress of cancer, also known as the financial toxicity of cancer, and talk about the patient and family impact of the cost of cancer care.…

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