The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) has been expanding its research portfolio in recent years, steadily supporting more research around basic science contributions to cancer health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse populations. This new research direction comes from an increasing recognition that ethnic and racial disparities in cancer diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes cannot be explained fully by socioeconomic indicators.
CRCHD's support of basic science studies is an extension of the Center's historical commitment to community-based participatory research (CBPR). A broader approach to research, focusing on both genetic or socioeconomic factors, allows a more precise picture of the roots of cancer disparities and may result in better-targeted community outreach and medical interventions and, ultimately, a reduction in cancer health disparities.
Many of the basic scientists supported by CRCHD are integrated into the Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program, which builds linkages between NCI-designated Cancer Centers and academic institutions serving underrepresented populations. Others interested in basic science enter through the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) training program, which offers an array of cancer research training opportunities for individuals from underrepresented populations.