CRCHD Offices and Branches

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Within CRCHD, there are two branches and the Office of the Director which oversees three cores and a networks program.

Find contact information and staff bios.


Disparities Research Branch (DRB)

DRB stimulates and supports multidisciplinary research across the cancer continuum to identify and understand the underlying factors that contribute to cancer health disparities. Its objectives are to:

  • Stimulate and support basic biomedical and behavioral research focused on identifying, validating, and reducing cancer health disparities.
  • Foster basic, translational, clinical, and community-based research that explicitly focuses on cancers that are more prevalent in racially/ethnically diverse and other underserved populations.
  • Encourage and support basic and applied research on prevention, early detection, and targeted treatment options for racially/ethnically diverse and other underserved populations that focus on minimizing or eliminating cancer health disparities.

Diversity Training Branch (DTB)

DTB leads NCI’s efforts to train students and investigators from diverse populations who will be part of the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research. DTB supports training programs that increase the number of underrepresented individuals, including racially/ethnically diverse, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and disabled, in the biomedical research workforce. DTB's objectives are to:

  • Establish and maintain the pipeline of investigators from health disparity populations by expanding and extending the period of training and career development.
  • Stimulate and support a team of investigators from health disparity populations who can compete successfully for independent research project grants (RPGs).
  • Emphasize strategic and scientific areas of greatest need (e.g., basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, and population sciences, as well as emerging technologies).

Office of the Director

Administrative Core (AC)

AC coordinates CRCHD’s administrative resources and services. This includes office organization, time and budget management, information technology support, human resources management, grants management, research assistance, travel, facilities management, procurement and property management, printing and graphics assistance, communication and dissemination support, and mail and messenger operations. Objectives are to:

  • Manage CRCHD project resources to achieve consistency with work plans, deadlines, and staff resources.
  • Promote clear and accurate internal communication and awareness of operational policies and procedures for project and personnel management issues.

Communications and Dissemination Core (C&D)

C&D develops, coordinates, disseminates, and promotes CRCHD research, outreach and education, and diversity training initiatives to the cancer research community, students and trainees from populations underrepresented in biomedical sciences, health disparity populations, and other key stakeholders. Working closely with CRCHD program directors, C&D develops communication strategies and determines appropriate messages and channels to effectively reach diverse populations and trainees with the latest evidence-based cancer disparities information. Objectives are to:

  • Develop, implement, and assess culturally/linguistically appropriate communications and dissemination strategies to increase knowledge, resource, and research exchange across CRCHD, NCI, and the broader cancer health disparities research and diversity trainee communities.
  • Build awareness of the importance of cancer health disparities research.
  • Promote diversity training to populations typically underrepresented in biomedical sciences.

Integrated Networks Branch (INB)

INB is a network-based, multidisciplinary approach to addressing cancer disparities through the fostering of linkages, cooperating and partnering for information sharing, leveraging resources, and contributing to cancer health disparities research, diversity training, and community outreach and education. INP supports two network programs—the National Outreach Network (NON) and the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP). Objectives are to:

  • Facilitate and promote ongoing and new alliances across biologically, clinically, and behaviorally focused researchers, practitioners (including lay community practitioners), trainees, and community leaders to develop a coordinated transdisciplinary approach to conducting cancer disparities research, diversity training, and culturally sensitive outreach, education, and information dissemination.
  • Develop opportunities for leveraging the strengths of people, programs, and resources to more effectively engage health disparities populations in cancer research, including clinical trials and biospecimen research.
  • Connect at-risk and health disparities populations with NCI research, training, and outreach efforts, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the biological and nonbiological causes of cancer health disparities and promoting health equity.
  • Contribute to the next generation of competitive cancer health disparities researchers from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Performance and Evaluation Core (PEC)

P&E plans and coordinates the monitoring and evaluation of CRCHD program performance, effectiveness in achieving stated goals and priorities, and outcomes. Working closely with the research and training branches, P&E develops program analytic plans and conducts performance system reviews. P&E ensures CRCHD’s compliance with the Government Performance and Reporting Act (GPRA) by preparing and submitting annual and ad hoc reports of the progress and impact of NCI/CRCHD programs and initiatives in addressing cancer health disparities. Objectives are to:

  • Develop infrastructure and procedures for systematic monitoring and evaluation of the performance and outcomes of CRCHD programs aimed at reducing cancer health disparities.
  • Use performance and evaluation information (constructive data-based reviews and portfolio analysis) to increase understanding of successful interventions and aid program management in determining continuation, modification, expansion, or termination of programs.
  • Strengthen problem-solving collaborations (within CRCHD and externally) and work with program officials to improve performance management practices and outcomes within CRCHD and among CRCHD grantees.
  • Conduct portfolio analysis and secondary data analysis to determine areas to target to reduce cancer health disparities.
  • Posted: February 17, 2015