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News from NCI about Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As an enterprise NCI is committed to ending structural racism within the biomedical research community. Dedication to this goal is not only limited to the Equity and Inclusion Program (EIP), but extends across many of the divisions, offices, and centers within NCI who are also thoroughly engaged in improving access and awareness to equity, diversity, and inclusion. NCI staff have published and presented commentaries, news, and updates about health equity and the EIP. This page lists a selection of the updates that have been presented to the cancer community and the public over the last three years.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Blogs 

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Dialogue on Disparities
Dialogue on Disparities is a blog written and produced by the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). The blog is designed to share the latest updates, spotlights, funding announcements and news from CRCHD, especially as it relates to health disparities, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage you to visit the blog to learn more.  

Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics (DCEG) Inclusivity Minute 
The Inclusivity Minute Email Project is a joint effort between the DCEG Fellows Committee and the Office of the Director to cultivate a culture of inclusion in the Division. The goal is to introduce DCEG staff to topics related to diversity and inclusion that they might not already be familiar with and to provide resources to learn more.  We encourage you to visit the blog to learn more.

Articles and Blog Posts

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month: A Conversation with Fatima Karzai, M.D. | Center for Cancer Research
May 19, 2022
For this Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Dr. Fatima Karzai in the Center for Cancer Research discussed her research interests and how her background as an Afghan American woman influences her work today.

How Precision Cancer Prevention Can promote Health Equity
April 18, 2022
The Division of Cancer Prevention shares various ways that precision medicine could help bridge the divides in the cancer health disparities that communities of color face.

Eliminating Cancer Health Disparities Takes All of Us
June 14, 2021
Learn about the work to build equity and address cancer health disparities from these stories commemorating 50 years of the National Cancer Act, legislation that changed the landscape of cancer research and care for the better.

NCI statement on ending structural racism in biomedical research
March 2, 2021
Statement from the National Cancer Institute in support of the NIH UNITE initiative to end structural racism in biomedical research. NCI Director Dr. Norman Sharpless describes NCI’s equity and inclusion efforts.

Videos and Presentations

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month: A Conversation with Fatima Karzai, M.D. | Center for Cancer Research
May 19, 2022
Q & A video: Dr. Fatima Karzai in the Center for Cancer Research discussed her research interests and how her background as an Afghan American woman influences her work today in celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Breaking Bias: Women in Healthcare & Science Leadership
March 8, 2022
This social media event brings together women leaders from across government healthcare and science. The discussion will examine the impact that female leaders can have on their organizations - and the impact that leadership roles can have on the women who hold them. 

Dr. Robert Winn's CURE Distinguished Scholars Seminar
October 14, 2021
Hear from Robert A. Winn, MD, Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Cancer Center Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Innovation and Professor of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, VCU School of Medicine Richmond, VA discuss Structure, Trust, and Science.

NCI DCCPS Addresses Health Disparities
June 30, 2021
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) supports a vast portfolio of research on health disparities and health equity issues. The research identifies the mechanisms—such as social and behavioral determinants, biological and genetic factors, and policies—that contribute to disparities across the cancer control continuum and throughout the human lifespan. Watch this video to hear a message from DCCPS Senior Advisor for Health Disparities, Dr. Shobha Srinivasan.

DCCPS Director Dr. Robert Croyle Discusses Health Disparities Research
June 16, 2021
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) supports a vast portfolio of research on health disparities and health equity issues. The research identifies the mechanisms—such as social and behavioral determinants, biological and genetic factors, and policies—that contribute to disparities across the cancer control continuum and throughout the human lifespan. This video is a message from DCCPS previous Director, Dr. Robert Croyle. 

NCI Equity and Inclusion Program
June 14, 2021
Members of NCI's Equity Council presented an overview of the NCI Equity and Inclusion Program to the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and the National Cancer Advisory Board. Topics included: Enhancing Research to Address Cancer Health Disparities, Ensuring Diversity of Thought and Background in the Cancer Research Workforce, and Promoting an Inclusive and Equitable Community at NCI.

Dr. Sharpless’s 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting Opening Plenary Remarks
June 5, 2021
NCI Director, Dr. Sharpless addressed in his opening plenary remarks share how NCI is taking action to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the agency and across the cancer research workforce. 

Reaching Underserved Populations for Cancer Studies
July 9, 2020
Researchers in the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) describe how this national network of more than 9,000 doctors, nurses, and research staff at over 1,000 sites across the United States, Puerto Rico, and Guam is including minorities and underserved populations to give them the option of joining cancer clinical studies. 

Diversify SBIR
March 31, 2020
At the NCI SBIR Development Center, we believe that diverse perspectives lead to creative solutions. The mission of SBIR/STTR Program includes fostering and encouraging participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially or economically disadvantaged persons.

A Dialogue on Cancer Disparities, Prevention, and Research: Facebook Live Event
April 18, 2019
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) hosted a Facebook Live event on A Dialogue on Cancer Disparities, Prevention, and Research. The event featured Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., National Cancer Institute, Brid M. Ryan, Ph.D., M.P.H., National Cancer Institute, and Christina Dieli-Conwright, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Southern California. They discussed cancer disparities, and the work being done to help reduce cancer disparities.

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