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Health equity & disparities research

Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research

Addressing health disparities is our priority

VCU Massey Cancer Center is committed to cancer disparities research and minority health. Cancer disparities research is research focused on understanding and/or reducing differences in cancer outcomes. Massey has launched a center-wide initiative, Cancer Disparities and Minority Health Research Initiative, to facilitate transdisciplinary research collaborations, with the ultimate goal of improving cancer outcomes for individuals in our community. Massey’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research was developed to lead this initiative. We aim to make a coordinated effort that builds upon the ongoing, outstanding research that is focused on disparities and/or minority health and to position Massey as a national leader in this area. We will promote activities based on National Cancer Institute priorities and the needs of our community.

Mission

The mission of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center is to address cancer disparities through research, outreach, education and training.

Vision


The vision of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research at VCU Massey Cancer Center is to lead the nation in decreasing cancer disparities, making important contributions to Massey’s work toward a world without cancer.

Aims

The Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research aims to:

  • Facilitate cross-cutting research focused on biological, clinical and social determinants of cancer disparities.
  • Facilitate and conduct community engagement, education and evaluation.
  • Leverage Massey’s access to diverse patients for interventional and cohort studies.
  • Increase study participation of minority and underserved groups via outreach, partnerships, training and studies relevant to catchment area priorities.