Cancer health disparities came to the forefront of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1999 with the passage of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act, United States (US) Public Law 106-525.  The law defined health disparities as a “significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.  The NCI went on to define cancer health disparities as “differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer and related adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups in the US.  Read more »

Digital Storytelling originated in Berkeley California at the Center for Digital Storytelling.  Digital storytelling is a creative process that increases self-esteem and critical thinking, as well as oral, written, and visual communication.  The final product, a story in a participant's voice interspersed with photographs that are meaningful to the participants, serves as a way to highlight program outcomes, education audiences about a topic, and advocate for change. Read more»

To develop state-of-the-art regional networks dedicated to the support and management of cancer health disparities research, training and infrastructure. The GMaP initiative has provided funding to 4 community organizations across the western region to conduct colorectal cancer prevention and screening education to underrepresented populations. Read more »

The mission of the Health Disparities Research Center (HDRC) is to create an initiative designed to enhance collaboration with and among Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance programs and systems for the purpose of eliminating cancer health disparities. Read more »

In recognition of the need to recruit more minorities and underrepresented individuals into cancer research and to increase the attention to cancer health disparities research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded funds to enhance and expand an existing collaboration between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). This collaboration, known as the Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (PACR) is designed to enhance the opportunities of minorities and underrepresented individuals, including Hispanics and Native Americans, to become trained and experienced in cancer research. Read more »