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Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs
health. Her current work examines the pathways from socioeconomic status to health. As director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, she coordinates research spanning social, psychological, and biological mechanisms by which socioeconomic status influences health. Within the network she has focused on the role of subjective social status in health.
Rhonda J. Robinson-Beale, MD, is chief medical officer, Clinical Program Effectiveness and Quality, for United Behavioral Health (UBH). In this position, she manages a staff of clinicians and professionals solely dedicated to quality, clinical program design and implementation, learning and consultation, and behavioral health informatics. She is an experienced behavioral health practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in diverse treatment and research settings who recognizes the value of integrating behavioral, medical, pharmacy, and disability programs to treat the needs of the whole patient. Dr. Robinson-Beale joined the legacy UBH company PacifiCare Behavioral Health in October 2005 as chief medical officer. She assumed her new duties as chief medical officer of UBH during the companies’ brief integration period. Her extensive background includes lead clinical positions at national behavioral and health organizations such as Cigna Behavioral Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Health Alliance Plan. During her tenure at Cigna, she was responsible for the organization’s clinical direction, particularly in the area of clinical integration across pharmacy, behavioral, and medical programs. During the past 10 years, Dr. Robinson-Beale has authored more than 17 papers that have informed audiences about behavioral health integration, selected quality initiatives, diagnosis and management of behavioral health conditions in the primary care setting, disease management models, substance abuse and pregnancy, dual diagnosis, and management of psychiatric care for HIV patients. She is a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Diane S. Blum, MSW, is executive director of CancerCare, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional support services, including counseling, education, financial assistance, and practical help, to people with cancer and their loved ones. Prior to joining CancerCare as director of social service, Ms. Blum served as a social work supervisor at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Co-founder of the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations, she is a founder of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and serves as editor-in-chief of People Living with Cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) website for patients and the public. Additionally, she serves on committees of the IOM, ASCO, and the National Association of Social Work and is a member of the editorial boards of five oncology-