CRCHD History

The timeline below shows an overview of the NCI events that led to the creation of CRCHD and its programs, as well as seminal cancer health disparity reports.


1985NCI supports the development  of  Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR), an adjunct group of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
1989NCI creates the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer to conduct cancer awareness activities in response to concerns that incidence and mortality rates for many types of cancers were higher in black Americans than in whites.
1992NCI establishes the National Hispanic Leadership Initiative on Cancer and National Appalachian Leadership Initiative on Cancer. The general finding of these initiatives is that there is a need to conduct more research among these identified populations to better understand cancer rate differences.
1994The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) evaluation of the National Cancer Program states that lack of access to effective cancer care and education among the poor and other specific populations is a significant barrier to success against cancer.
1995NCI establishes the Office of Special Population Research.
1999Institute of Medicine releases The Unequal Burden of Cancer, and the President's Cancer Panel issues Discovery Must Be Linked to Delivery.
1999NCI launches the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program.
2000NCI develops the Special Populations Networks (SPN) for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. The program funds 18 sites to provide culturally competent cancer awareness programs and train investigators from underrepresented populations to conduct community-based research.
2000NCI drafts a five-year strategic plan focused on reducing cancer-related health disparities.
2001NCI establishes CRCHD, elevating and expanding the Office of Special Populations Research to Center status.
2001President's Cancer Panel issues Voices of a Broken System: Real People, Real Problems.
2001Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) (formerly the Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership [MI/CCP]), begins funding new applications to support institutions serving health disparity populations form mutually beneficial partnerships with NCI-designated Cancer Centers to foster cancer research and diversity training.
2002NCI identifies the reduction of cancer-related health disparities as a new challenge in the FY 2002 Bypass Budget.
2003Institute of Medicine issues Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare.
2005NCI establishes the Community Networks Program (CNP), building on SPN, to support community-based participatory research, education, and training among health disparity populations.
2005NCI/CRCHD launches the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP) and awards eight five-year research grants (the American Cancer Society funded a ninth project) to develop and test patient navigator interventions aimed at improving access and delivery of timely, quality cancer care to medically underserved populations.
2007NCI/CRCHD cosponsors the first AACR/MICR Cancer Health Disparities conference – The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved
2009NIH publishes the NIH Health Disparities Strategic Plan & Budget 2009-2013
2009CRCHD establishes the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) to facilitate collaboration, cooperation, information-and resource-sharing, and capacity-building among cancer health disparities researchers, trainees, community health educators, and organizations at the regional level.
2009CRCHD launches the National Outreach Network (NON), a multidisciplinary program that bridges NCI-supported outreach and community education efforts with cancer health disparities research and training programs.
2010CNP evolves into Community Network Program Centers (CNPC), currently funded through 2015, a program aimed at increasing knowledge and use of beneficial biomedical and behavioral procedures to reduce cancer inequities among health disparity populations.
2011HHS outlines goals and actions to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
2012CRCHD publishes The CURE Paradigm: Enhancing Workforce Diversity, describing the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), a model training paradigm for increasing diversity within the biomedical research workforce.
2014NCI/CRCHD forms a partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Women’s Health to advance the scientific knowledge and understanding of cancer in women.
2014NCI/CRCHD cosponsors the seventh annual AACR/MICR Cancer Health Disparities conference.
  • Posted: February 17, 2015