‌Elizabeth Franklin

Elizabeth FranklinElizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW
Executive Director, Cancer Policy Institute
Cancer Support Community


Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, is an oncology social worker specializing in policy practice. She is currently Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute (CPI) at the Cancer Support Community (CSC). CSC is the largest provider of social and emotional support services for cancer patients and their loved ones in the United States. The CPI brings together patient advocates and policy experts to ensure that the voices of cancer patients and their loved ones play a central role in federal and state legislative, regulatory, and executive policy making. The CPI works in partnership with patient advocates, the CSC affiliate network, and numerous allied health care and oncology organizations to work towards a future where 15.5 million cancer survivors have access to comprehensive, high-quality, timely, and affordable medical, social, and emotional care. Elizabeth is responsible for all aspects of the CPI including legislative, regulatory, policy, and research priorities as well as operations, fundraising, and management. Elizabeth was previously Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at CSC.

 Elizabeth was formerly Director of Policy and Engagement at the George Washington University Cancer, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy with the Prevent Cancer Foundation, and Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at the headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers.

 Elizabeth is a recognized author and speaker. Her articles have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Cancer EducationHealth and Social Work, and Conquer Cancer Magazine. She has co-authored two books on non-profit leadership and co-edited two social work texts.In addition, she is a member of various organizations and coalitions, including the National Association of Social Workers (where she serves as President of the DC Chapter), Association of Oncology Social Work (where she serves on the advocacy committee), Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators (where she serves on the leadership council and as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee), Alliance for Quality Psychosocial Cancer Care, and Society for Social Work and Research. 

Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Elizabeth is focusing her dissertation on the ways in which patients define value in the cancer care system and how those definitions can be incorporated into public policy and clinical practice. Elizabeth obtained her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the District of Columbia and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Previous Education 
University of Illinois at Chicago (MSW)
University of Kentucky (BSW)

Research Interests 
Policy, Advocacy, Oncology, Cancer Care Value, Health, Healthcare, Administration, and Leadership