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