What We Do & Future Goals

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What We Do

To advance cancer health equity and overcome disparities, CRCHD:

  • Initiates, integrates, and promotes collaborative research studies across NCI divisions and NIH institutes and centers to address cancer health disparities
  • Coordinates and strengthens the NCI cancer research portfolio in basic, clinical, translational, and population-based research to address cancer health disparities
  • Promotes research that incorporates new and emerging technologies
  • Engages health disparity populations in the research process to ensure that research, outreach, and education efforts are culturally tailored to meet their needs
  • Leads NCI's efforts to train the next generation of competitive cancer and cancer health disparities researchers from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, to build a research workforce that reflects an increasingly diverse America, by providing funded research training opportunities across the academic continuum to those who otherwise are at risk of being lost from the training pipeline
  • Creates state-of-the-art regional networks or "hubs," dedicated to cancer health disparities research, diversity training, and community education/outreach through geographic program management

Future Goals

As we continue to evolve with NCI, we will:

  • Focus on building partnerships to sponsor new disparities research that brings together advances in biomedicine, clinical research, and population-based sciences
  • Support research, education, and outreach that enhances health disparity populations’ access to proven interventions in prevention, early detection, treatment, follow-up, and survival
  • Encourage the development of creative and culturally appropriate community and clinical interventions that can be widely disseminated
  • Increase our understanding of the biological and nonbiological causes of cancer of health disparities
  • Expand transdisciplinary basic, applied, and translational investigator-initiated cancer and cancer health disparities research
  • Continue to support community-based participatory research
  • Expand the training of investigators from diverse populations
  • Posted: February 17, 2015