Office of Cancer Disparities Research

The Office of Cancer Disparities Research is the foundation of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center’s efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate the disproportionate burden of cancer by promoting health equity-focused research and outreach. 


The Office of Cancer Disparities Research, which cuts across all Case Comprehensive Cancer Center activities, aims to build a culture of cancer disparities science. The specific goal is to address the disproportionate burden in cancer incidence, prevalence, mortality, and survivorship observed in populations characterized by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, sex/gender, disability, health insurance status, and/or geographic location.


To provide a high-quality infrastructure for cutting-edge transdisciplinary and translational health disparities science that has a significant impact on the community, through education, innovative research, training, outreach, and collaborations with academic and community-based organizations that are committed to health equity.


  1. Contribute to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center’s commitment to reduce and eliminate health disparities.
  2. Serve as the academic cornerstone for cancer health disparities research in the Cancer Center.
  3. Engage in active surveillance of cancer health disparities in our catchment area and identify community needs.
  4. Develop, implement, and evaluate research and outreach initiatives to identify and address cancer health disparities.
  5. Develop, implement, and evaluate cancer health disparities research training for investigators and research partners.
  6. Promote the inclusion of health disparities science into the Cancer Center’s research programs.
  7. Support transdisciplinary research focused on understanding the etiology and mechanisms underlying health disparities.
  8. Actively engage and collaborate with research and community stakeholders to promote health equity and social justice at local, regional, and national levels.
  9. Support the professional development of junior investigators to become leaders and scholars in cancer health disparities research.