Cancer health disparities affect millions of people across the United States. They remain stubbornly entrenched in the US health care system and disproportionally affect the underserved and underrepresented populations. Disparities in cancer burden are evident by geography, race/ethnicity, genetic ancestry, immigrant status, culture, gender, sexual orientation (LGBTQ+), and socioeconomic class. The elimination of cancer health disparities is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) research priority with the aim to achieve health equity and to reduce the overall burden of cancer in the United States. NCI seeks to expand cancer health disparity research within the extramural and intramural research programs. As part of intramural research, the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics and the Center for Cancer Research are recognizing the significance of this task and teamed up for this workshop to showcase successful health disparity research and have a discussion of barriers. This workshop seeks to communicate the expectations of health disparity research, resources to investigate cancer health disparities, opportunities for collaborations, and future directions.
Survey: All registrants who conduct research as part of the NCI intramural research program (investigators, staff clinicians/scientists, fellows, others) are highly encouraged to complete a short survey about their understanding of and involvement with health disparity research. We will use the survey responses to identify barriers and opportunities to expand cancer disparities research within NCI’s intramural research program. Please take a few minute to complete the survey here.
Organizers: Center for Cancer Research Health Disparity Steering Committee; Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics (DCEG) Cancer Health Disparities Working Group; DCEG Fellows’ Cancer Health Disparities Interest Group