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Celebrating National Minority Health Month 2017

, by NCI Staff

Each year in April the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other organizations across the country recognize National Minority Health Month (NMHM) and National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 9−15, 2017). This year’s National Minority Health Month theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities.

NCI and many of its divisions, offices, and centers have programs, funding mechanisms, and tools that focus on cancer health disparities research, cancer types and disparities, and building a diverse biomedical workforce. Here is some information we would like to highlight for National Minority Health Month.

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities

  • Starting in April, CRCHD launches a blog post series celebrating mentors who have made a difference in the careers of our CURE scholars.
  • A new, 1-year administrative supplement opportunity was announced that supports cancer research training and education programs for high school and undergraduate students at NCI-designated Cancer Centers. The supplement places special emphasis on the cancer disparities afflicting American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Find out more about this and other disparities research funding opportunities.
  • CRCHD supports two programs that focus on younger students. The UMB CURE Scholars Program identifies and cultivates middle schoolers’ interest in cancer research. The Youth Enjoy Science (YES) Research Education Program supports institutional programs that engage underrepresented grades 6–12 and/or undergraduate students, teachers, and faculty in cutting edge cancer research experiences. Learn more about this and our other CURE program opportunities.
  • In the fall of 2016, CRCHD launched the Screen to Save: NCI Colorectal Cancer Outreach and Screening Initiative with the aim of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among racially and ethnically diverse populations and those living in rural areas.

Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences

Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics

NCI Cancer Disparities Information

In addition to the NCI observing NMHM, other HHS and NIH institutes will be celebrating and sharing resources throughout the month. Please visit the following links for more information.


The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and other federal agencies will host an inaugural Minority Health 5K Walk / Run at the NIH Bethesda Campus on April 12, 2017, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Join the conversation with groups trying to end health disparities in their communities and help spread the word through social media.

Additional Information

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