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  • Posted: 08/13/2012

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Partnerships with Minority-Serving Colleges: A Key to Reducing Cancer Disparities

Partnerships with Minority-Serving Colleges

 

In 2011, NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) launched an initiative called Comprehensive Partnerships to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, which partners minority-serving institutions and organizations with NCI-designated cancer centers to create long-term, stable collaborations focused on capacity building in research, training, and outreach, and to ensure the delivery of the latest advances in cancer care to racially and ethnically diverse communities. The goal is to build true partnerships, in which both organizations benefit.

One such partnership, involving the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle and New Mexico State University (NMSU) at Las Cruces, provides minority students with cancer research internships at the cancer center. Noah Espinoza was one such student. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Cancer Research Internship Program for Undergraduate Students at FHCRC. He had heard about the program during his senior year at NMSU, when Fred Hutchinson scientist Dr. Beti Thompson visited one of Espinoza's classes to talk about the internship opportunity.

Cancer Center Partnerships with Minority-Serving Colleges

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