Gold Standard Employer: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cancer Survivorship and Caregiver Activities
MD Anderson recognizes that cancer survivorship or serving as a cancer caregiver is a special challenge when you are also employed, either full time or in a part time capacity. The MD Anderson Diversity Council has established a “Cancer in the Workplace Employee Network” as one of its affinity groups to support employees who are caregivers or cancer survivors. This group meets on a regular basis to discuss work and home issues and share solutions. The group advocates and promotes employee participation in Cancer Survivorship Week, Caregiver Week, and the Cancer Survivorship Conference.
Caring is one of MD Anderson’s Core Values, and allowing employee survivors and caregivers opportunities to participate in these events enhances the support they receive from family and friends. Faculty Health & Well-Being also offers services that preserve, restore, and enhance the health and well-being of our faculty. Of particular note have been faculty panels where physicians have discussed their own personal experiences in dealing with chronic diseases, including cancer. All of these activities enhance resilience and help employees and faculty successfully blend their work and personal lives.