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Disparities Research Programs

CRCHD's research portfolio is currently divided into two principal areasóbasic research and CBPR. Investigators conducting basic research focus on biological variations across racially and ethnically diverse populations that either naturally or in conjunction with environmental exposures lead to differences in susceptibility to cancers and therapeutic responsiveness. Many of these basic scientists are integrated into CRCHD's Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program, which builds linkages between academic institutions serving underrepresented populations and NCI-designated Cancer Centers. 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.

Basic research is a relatively new area of exploration for CRCHD. Historically, the Center's strength lies in its CBPR paradigm and programs, including the Community Networks Program (CNP) and its expanded successor, Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC), designed to significantly improve access to and use of beneficial cancer interventions in disparity communities. Communities, in collaboration with trained researchers, participate in all aspects of research, training, and outreach, including helping to define their particular problems that lead to disparities and solutions that are culturally sensitive to their needs. A number of these research projects and associated grantees are featured within this report. Also described on the site is CRCHD's Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP), which has been testing the theory that patient navigatorsó experts in the healthcare system and its intricaciesócan improve service access and quality, and cancer outcomes in underserved populations.

Ongoing Research

Completed Research

NCI/NIH Health Disparities Research

Updated: 05/30/13