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The ASTCT-NMDP ACCESS Initiative

The American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT®) and NMDPSM formed the ACCESS Initiative to address access and outcome disparities in the hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) and cell therapy (CT) ecosystem.

Read about the ACCESS Initiative's founding, efforts and goals in this open-access article from ASTCT's journal, Transplantation and Cellular Therapy.

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The ACCESS Initiative Needs Your Help

Join ASTCT and NMDP in the fight to increase ACCESS to transplant and reduce inequities in the field. Click here to view the current ACCESS Initiative members.

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News

ACCESS Initiative Making a Difference

ACCESS Initiative making a difference - the 2023 National Alliance for Caregiving report on Transplant Caregiving in the U.S: A Call for System Change references the ACCESS Initiative project, Assessing Medicaid Coverage for hematopoietic cell transplantation and chimeric antigen receptor t cell therapy. Read the report here.

Read the Report

ACCESS Initiative Newsletter

The February 2024 inaugural issue of the ACCESS Initiative Newsletter shared information about the newsletter and opportunities within the initiative. 

Read the Newsletter

Events

2024 ACCESS Initiative Workshop & Advocacy Day

Workshop: On July 23-24, 2024, ACCESS leadership, key contributors, and industry professionals will convene in Washington, DC for the 3rd Annual ACCESS Initiative Workshop. This event will provide a platform to discuss the status of the ACCESS initiative, including ongoing projects and future objectives.

Advocacy Day: Following the workshop, on July 24-25, 2024, attendees will participate in the inaugural ACCESS Initiative Advocacy Day. During this event, ACCESS leaders and key contributors will engage with their respective members of Congress to advocate for increased access to transplant services and the reduction of inequities in the field.

Overcoming Barriers to HCT Webinar

On October 17, 2023, NMDP/Be the Match hosted a webinar on the goals of the ACCESS Initiative, barriers to HCT and cell therapy care, proposed strategies to overcome those baririers and ideas for how transplant centers and community hematology/oncology providers can work together to improve access to HCT and cell therapy for those who need it.

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2023 ACCESS Initiative Workshop

The 2nd Annual ACCESS Initiative Workshop was held August 24-25, 2023. Over 50 ACCESS leaders, key contributors and industry came together in Washington, DC to discuss current projects and future goals. View the PDF presentations below:

Day One Day Two

Committees and Leadership

ACCESS Initiative Leaders

ACCESS Initiative Co-Chair – Jeffery Auletta, MD

ACCESS Initiative Co-Chair – Stella M. Davies, MBBS, PhD, MRCP

ACCESS Initiative Committees

Committee on Poverty

Learn more about the Committee on Poverty's work and mission.

  • 2023 – Learn more about the current work the Poverty Committee has been working on here
  • 2022 – View the inaugural presentation of the Poverty Committee here

Committee Chairs
ASTCT Chair – Navneet Majhali, MD, MS, FASTCT
NMDP Chair – Jess Knutson

Committee Members
Ellie Beaver
Heather Blackwell
Anthony Bonagura, MD
Jen Coles
Corey Cutler
Patrick DeMartino
Gary Goldstein
Anurekha Hall
Dianna Howard, MD
Emma Keiski
Nandita Khera
Alycia Maloney
Miguel-Angel Perales, MD
Ron Potts MD
Robert Richards
Amy Ronneberg
Malou Valencia
Emily Ward
Rafeek Yusuf, MD, PhD
Hannah Abrams MD
Juliet Barker, MD
Carmem Bonfim, MD
Rohini Chakravarthy MD
Stephanie Chinapen
Chris Dandoy, MD
Srinivas Devarakonda, MD
Danica Dorlette, MPH, BSN, RN, OCN
Warren Fingrut, MD
Jessica Fisher
Cristobal Frutos, MD
Lisa Getzendaner, PA-C
Ashish Gupta, MD
Betty Hamilton, MD
Hailey Hassel
Noel Hawthorne
Megan Herr, PhD
Sanghee Hong, MD
Zahra Hudda, MD
Azada Ibrahimova, MD
Sonata Jodele, MD
Inna Kaplan, RN
Amar Kelkar, MD
Jennifer Knight, MD
Waldemar Kozak
Parinda Mehta, MD
Kidest Mequanent
Kasiani Myers, MD
Dorthy Nguyen, MD
Brandon Nuechterlein, PA-C
Christine Phillips, MD
Ruth Phillips
Iskra Pusic, MD
Archana Ramgopal, MD
Anthony Sabulski, MD
Lindsey Simpson PACS
Aimee Swickey RN
Ben Tweeten
Sumithira Vasu MD
Sarah Wall

Committee on Racial/Ethnic Inequity

Learn more about the Committee on Racial/Ethnic Inequity's work and mission.

  • 2023 – Learn more about the current work the Committee on Racial/Ethnic Inequity has been working on here
  • 2022 – View the inaugural presentation of the Committee on Racial/Ethnic Inequity here

Committee Chairs
ASTCT Chair – Eneida Nemecek, MD, MS, MBA
NMDP Chair – Rafeek Yusuf, MD, PhD

Committee Members
Femina Ajayi-Hackworth
Belinda Avalos, MD
Juliet Barker, MD
Stephanie Chinapen
Jennifer Coles
Srinivas Devarakonda, MD
Steve Devine
Nancy DiFronzo
Danica Dorlette MPH, BSN, RN, OCN
Warren Fingrut MD
Jessica Fisher
Jackie Foster
Cristobal Frutos, MD
Lisa Getzendaner, PA-C
Gina Graves
Ashish Gupta, MD
Noel Hawthorne
Megan Herr, PhD
Frank Holloman
Sanghee Hong, MD
Zahra Hudda, MD
Sonata Jodele, MD
Waldemar Kozak
Meggan McCann
Parinda Mehta, MD
Kidest Mequanent
Randall Morgan
Kasiani Myers, MD
Brandon Nuechterlein, PA-C
Pavan Reddy, MD
Deliah Robb
Rayne Rouce, MD
Amber Ruffin
Lindsey Simpson, PACS
Brianna Springer
Lis Welniak

Committee on Awareness

Learn more about the Committee on Awareness' work and mission.

  • 2023 – Learn more about the current work the Committee on Awareness has been working on here
  • 2022 – View the inaugural presentation of the Committee on Awareness here

Committee Chairs
ASTCT Chair – Brenda Sandmaier, MD
NMDP Chair – Erica Jensen

Committee Members
Staci Arnold
Juliet Barker, MD
Carmem Bonfim, MD
Daniel Bunt
Rohini Chakravarthy, MD
Anna Cincotta
Becky Dame
Srinivas Devarakonda, MD
Warren Fingrut, MD
Cristobal Frutos, MD
Lisa Getzendaner, PA-C
Alexandra Gomez Arteaga
Noel Hawthorne
Mary Hengen
Jennifer Holter-Chakraborty, MD
Sanghee Hong, MD
Zahra Hudda, MD
Tania Jain, MD
Sonata Jodele, MD
Inna Kaplan, RN
Stephanie Karpoff
Waldemar Kozak
Mary MacKrell
Jacqueline Manago
Michelle Matzko, MD
Parinda Mehta, MD
Becca Miller
Pashna Munshi
Kasiani Myers, MD
Adam Nelson, MD
Brandon Nuechterlein, PA-C
Ruth Phillips
Zachary Prudowsky
Archana Ramgopal, DO
Jamie Renfro
Anthony Sabulski, MD
Katie Schoeppner
Michelle Schoettler, MD
Bronwen Shaw MD, PhD
Elizabeth Stenger
Aimee Swickey, RN
Sarah Wall, MD
Carrie Yuen, MD

Supporters

The ACCESS Initiative would like to thank the following for their generous support:

ACCESS Ally:

ACCESS Advocate:

Join us in making a difference by supporting the ASTCT-NMDP ACCESS Roundtable. Together, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and accessible healthcare system.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities or request further information, please contact Andre Williams, Executive Director, ASTCT via email: anwilliams@astct.org.