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Cancer Disparities

About Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities

About IECD

In 2001, DF/HCC created the Initiative to Eliminate Cancer Disparities (IECD) to provide a centralized and coordinated structure for addressing the complexities of cancer disparities – it was among the nation’s first integrated, inter-institutional, multi-pronged approaches.

As a centralized initiative, the IECD is transforming how member institutions work together, bringing intellectual and organizational resources to bear on cancer disparities issues. The IECD coordinates and complements the activities of each individual institution by providing an infrastructure for advancing community outreach, promoting disparities research, and raising awareness of and sensitivity to the impact of culture on the disease of cancer, medical decision-making, and care. Its activities permeate all seven DF/HCC member institutions, providing an unparalleled opportunity to eliminate cancer disparities.

To advance DF/HCC’s commitment to eliminating disparities across all levels of cancer research, clinical care, and institutional administration the IECD emphasizes six key areas:

  • Enhancing research on cancer disparities, particularly within disease-based programs
  • Supporting faculty diversity
  • Amplifying culturally competent care throughout DF/HCC institutions
  • Engaging diverse communities on the subjects of cancer prevention and care
  • Facilitating the access of underserved populations to clinical trials
  • Forging relationships with schools that serve underrepresented populations, expanding biomedical training in minority communities