Special Spotlight: Minority Health
This April, CRCHD would like to join our nation in recognizing Minority Health Awareness Month. Cancer is either the first or second leading cause of death for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Cancer survivorship also continues to be a very real struggle for our underserved populations. African Americans have the highest incidence and mortality rates of any racial/ethnic group for various types of cancer, followed closely by Hispanics, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and American Indians/Alaska Natives.
In light of this, CRCHD would like to recognize the contributions of NIH/NCI-supported researchers through their research, prevention, and training initiatives aimed specifically at addressing the disparate effect that cancer has on our underserved populations.
CRCHD's Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC) has a key focus on building effective partnerships. CNPC-Atlantic Region, led by Dr. Grace Ma, assists community organizations and clinicians in partnering to construct a network for Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese community members, whose liver cancer rates are disproportionately high. This network seeks to affect positive change in bringing down these high rates by promoting hepatitis B screenings and follow-ups.
Dr. Steven Wolff and his team of researchers are part of a Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (MB-CCOP) comprehensive partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. MB-CCOP-Tennessee has significantly increased the recruitment of African Americans to clinical trials using an innovative approach of prompt information collection, a thorough needs assessment, and identifying potential obstacles to this population being able to take advantage of proper cancer care.
The common thread of effective partnerships is also gainfully utilized within CRCHD's training initiatives. Through the Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE), the partnership between University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UPRCCC) and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) aims to attract Hispanic students at any academic level to cancer research. One of the ultimate goals of the partnership is to increase the Hispanic cancer research workforce in order to ensure that tailored research for the Hispanic/Latino population is wide-ranging and all-inclusive.
Please be encouraged to further educate yourself on the topic of minority health and cancer health disparities. The links below will assist you with learning more about statistics, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention: