The CDC Foundation recently announced a new suite of resources and tools to improve cancer outcomes as part of its Empowered Health program.
Empowered Health is an evidence-based program designed to empower individuals to take an active role in their health, and to help patients and providers strengthen their relationships, improve their conversations, and make important medical decisions together.
Empowered Health is led by the CDC Foundation with technical support from CDC and financial support from Amgen. The new resources include:
Patient and Caregiver Academy
A five-part animated video series and guides aimed at helping people with cancer and caregivers understand their role in shared decision-making and empowering them to engage in treatment and healthcare decisions.
Easily digestible educational resources are provided in a variety of formats, including audio podcasts developed in collaboration with Medscape, videos and infographics. The academy aims to educate and inform providers about the benefits of shared decision-making and best practices on how to engage patients.
Peer Support Community & Group Directory
The Peer Support Community and Peer Support Group Directory allows individuals to search for cancer support groups tailored to their needs, and a network of Empowered Health Ambassadors, a group of patients, survivors, caregivers and providers who share their experiences and tips on empowerment.
“As personalized medicine continues to take prominence in oncology care, empowerment and shared decision making has never been more important. The resources launched today as part of the Empowered Health program will help people become active participants in their own care and enable providers to facilitate shared decision making with their patients.” said Darryl Sleep, MD, chief medical officer at Amgen.