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Embracing the Complexity: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Advance the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

January 23 – January 31, 2024

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Cancer health disparities (CHD) are complex issues. Thanks to the dedication of participants from diverse backgrounds and sectors, a strong foundation was laid for addressing CHD in the first phase of these workshops. The collective contributions have been invaluable. NCI will now host phase 2 of this event, a series of five 4-hour virtual Ideation Minilabs, designed to build on the progress made during the phase 1 Visioning Workshops of this event. 

As we transition into the Ideation Minilabs (Stage 2), we're excited to welcome both familiar faces and new participants. Whether you were part of the Visioning Workshops or are joining us for the first time, your insights and fresh perspectives are instrumental. The Ideation Minilabs represent the heart of our transformative event. Building on the successful Visioning stage, these workshops are designed to delve deeply into the complexities of cancer health disparities (CHD) research.

In these in-depth virtual minilabs, which span four hours each, participants will collaborate and refine research themes that have emerged from the Visioning stage. The focus here is on creating strong and impactful themes and opportunities that can serve as the foundation for pioneering research in the field of CHD. These workshops are dynamic, engaging, and foster cross-discipline discussions. They provide a unique platform for diverse individuals to come together and collectively ideate innovative solutions that cut across traditional boundaries. Additionally, participants will contribute to the creation of white papers summarizing the identified themes and opportunities. Join us to help shape the future of cancer health disparities research. 

What to Expect

  • Build on Past Insights:  Prior contributions will continue to shape our direction.
  • Explore New Ideas:  Dig into innovative solutions. This diversity of thought is a key driver of our success.
  • Forge new Collaborations:  Foster connections among experts from various sectors, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to our collective mission.
Virtual Minilabs
Session Date Time
Session1 Tuesday, January 23, 2024 11:00am-3:00pm ET
Session 2 Wednesday, January 24, 2024 11:00am-3:00pm ET
Session 3 Thursday, January 25, 2024 11:00am-3:00pm ET
Session 4 Tuesday, January 30, 2024 11:00am-3:00pm ET
Session 5 Wednesday, January 31, 2024 11:00am-3:00pm ET

Time Commitment

We recognize the tremendous commitment needed to move from the "what" to the "how" to enable transformative cancer health disparities research. Participants are strongly encouraged to participate in all five sessions of these intensive interactive minilabs. However, if you are unable to commit to participate in this series, there will be future opportunities to get involved.  

Who Should Attend

This event thrives on the inclusivity of different voices and expertise from multiple sectors. Together, we'll continue to pave the way for a more trans-disciplinary future in CHD research. The goal remains unwavering: to accelerate progress toward achieving cancer health equity for all, both locally and globally. Participants with diverse perspectives from broad sectors in society, including academia, industry, government, non-profit, and community are welcome to attend to ensure multiple perspectives are considered and inform transformative research directions in cancer health disparities.

We encourage a wide range of disciplines such as, but not limited to:

  • research
  • policy
  • social and/or health advocacy
  • community engagement
  • social and policy planning
  • basic, translational, behavioral, and social sciences

*cancer expertise is not required 

Above all else, it is critical that attendees are open to exploring methods that may be very different from their usual research or advocacy approaches. Participants who demonstrate a collaborative spirit, open-mindedness, and represent diverse disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives are invited to apply. Join us in this unique opportunity to shape the future of cancer research and health equity. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of cancer health disparities research. Registration deadline - Wednesday, November 8, 2023. Apply Now