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Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities

Project Description

The Siteman Cancer Center's Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) at Washington University1 is a multidisciplinary, community-focused program designed to eliminate pervasive disparities in cancer education, prevention, and treatment. The project's objectives include developing a core organizational infrastructure within the Cancer Center and establishing a staff of multidisciplinary professionals and community members to support community-based participatory activities by: (1) enhancing existing relationships and building new partnerships with communities affected by cancer health disparities and with other organizations engaged in reducing cancer health disparities within those communities; (2) forming and strengthening collaborations with other NCI-supported programs that address cancer health disparities; (3) increasing utilization of beneficial interventions to reduce cancer health disparities; (4) increasing community participation in primary and secondary prevention activities; (5) identifying specific barriers to proportional accrual in clinical research studies; and (6) developing training programs to promote disparities-focused research.

  1. Washington University, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is an independent research university dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. Founded in 1853, Washington University is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.
Updated: 07/23/09