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Strengthening Efforts to Study Cancer Health Disparities

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As the National Cancer Institute (NCI) explains in the following video, cancer health disparities occur when different races, ethnicities, and population groups have higher rates of cancer diagnoses and cancer deaths than other groups.

In order to build on its commitment to reducing cancer health disparities in the Intermountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has earned a three-year grant to aid the development of cancer health disparities researchers in the Intermountain West through the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The GMaP grant will support these researchers through virtual engagement and mentorship, interactive distance education and mentoring approaches, and traditional face-to-face interaction.

This work builds on HCI's efforts to reduce disparities through outreach, research, and clinical care for underserved populations (such as the Native American Outreach Program and the Hispanic Patient Navigation Program).

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, director of Cancer Health Equity at HCI and Project Director for the Region 6 GMaP grant (PI-Beckerle), says the GMaP grant is one of the first efforts at HCI to cultivate cancer researchers focused specifically on cancer health disparities. HCI was eligible to apply for the grant after earning Comprehensive Cancer Center status from the NCI in July 2015.

"Now that we have been awarded the grant," says Lopez, "we will be able to contribute in the field of developing researchers who are focused on addressing these inequities."

Check out the video on Cancer Health Disparities, here.

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. HCI is located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is a part of the University of Utah Health Care system. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and operates several high-risk clinics that focus on melanoma and breast, colon, and pancreas cancers, among others. HCI also provides academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers. For more information about Huntsman Cancer Institute, please visit