/////UAMS Cancer Control Department Honors Health Care Pioneer
UAMS Cancer Control Department Honors Health Care Pioneer 2018-01-05T09:16:52+00:00

MARCH 17, 2006 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) honored a leader in the fight against cancer at the recent Second Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo.


Harold Freeman, M.D., received the first-ever Champion Award for Cancer Control from the Cancer Control Department of the UAMS Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) for his work on eliminating barriers to cancer health care due to poverty.


The Champion Award was created by the Cancer Control Department to recognize persons who have made a significant impact in closing the gap on cancer health disparities. About 150 people attended the Feb. 24 banquet at the Clear Channel Metroplex honoring Freeman.


“Dr. Freeman’s vision and compassion led him devote his life to helping others overcome financial and social obstacles to health care,” said Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., associate professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the ACRC Cancer Control Department. “Thousands of people are leading healthier lives thanks to his dedication, and we are proud to name him the recipient of our first Champion Award for Cancer Control in Arkansas.”


Freeman is recognized nationally as a leading authority on the interrelationship between cancer and poverty. In 1990, he founded the first Patient Navigator Program at Harlem Hospital Center. He also founded similar programs at the Breast Examination Center of Harlem and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in New York City. Navigation programs are intended to help patients and family members access the myriad of health care services often considered inaccessible due to communication, financial or social barriers.


Freeman also served as associate director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and director of the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. In 2005, Henry-Tillman and the ACRC Cancer Control Department received a $4.2 million grant from the NCI to continue their work toward reducing cancer health disparities in underserved populations through community-based research, training and education, as well as providing health screenings in medically underserved communities.


Currently, Freeman serves as medical director of the Ralph Lauren Cancer Center and professor of clinical surgery at Columbia University in New York City.


The Second Annual Midsouth Summit Black Expo was presented by the ACRC Cancer Control Department at UAMS in conjunction with Black History Month. In addition to the banquet, the event included a full day of health screenings, cancer health messages, entertainment, contests and more.