The WVU Cancer Institute has been awarded a total of $730,000 for a two-year program as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has committed $25 million in new funding to the initiative to address health care disparities in cancer care and support. At a White House event this week, the foundation announced new partnerships with the WVU Cancer Institute and three other entities to develop, implement and evaluate an innovative model of comprehensive, coordinated care to better meet the needs of lung cancer survivors and their caregivers.

The WVU Cancer Institute’s program, “Bridge to Good Living: Thriving beyond Lung Cancer,” is designed to provide interdisciplinary, patient-centered survivor care services to all lung cancer patients who complete active treatment.

Kennedy is partnering with co-investigators, Dr. Patrick Ma, associate professor and Eminent Scholar in Lung Cancer Research, and Anne Swisher, professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, to institute the program.