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The Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) Health Disparities Interest Group (HDIG) is comprised of staff who are committed to addressing the unequal burden of cancer and to reducing cancer-related health disparities. The HDIG provides a forum for collaboration, review, coordination, discussion, and integration of health disparities efforts among the programs within the DCCPS.

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DCCPS Health Disparities Mission Statement

The DCCPS health disparities mission is to monitor the differential burden of cancer among Americans and promote and conduct research that identifies and addresses the economic, social, cultural, psychological, behavioral, and biological mechanisms contributing to these disparities across the cancer control continuum and throughout the human lifespan.

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Despite scientific progress over past decades that has increased longevity and improved quality of life for many Americans, the burden of disease is not borne equally by all population groups in the United States. The need to understand and be able to intervene on the social, environmental, cultural, and behavioral determinants of cancer is a major scientific challenge. A critical priority is dissemination of the benefits of research to all populations, particularly those who bear the greatest burden of health inequalities.

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2009 – 2010 Seminar Series: The Impact of Demographic and Cultural Changes on Cancer-related Disparities

Speakers for 2009-2010:

  • Co-Chair: Brenda K. Edwards, Ph.D.
  • Co-Chair: Antoinette Percy-Laurry, MSPH
Date Speaker Project
Dec. 14, 2009 2:00 p.m. Discussion led by Salma Shariff-Marco, Ph.D., MPH Film Series - Unnatural Causes, Part 2 - When the Bough Breaks (Infant Mortality in African-American Mothers), Part 3 - Becoming American (Health Outcomes of New Immigrants In America)
Jan. 25, 2010 1:30 p.m. Sean Altekruse, DVM, Ph.D., MPH Geographic Distribution of Cervical Cancer Screening, Incidence, Stage and Mortality in the U.S.
Mar. 29, 2010 1:30 p.m. Lari Wenzel, Ph.D. Stress, Immunity & Cervical Cancer: Biobehavioral Outcomes of a Randomized Trial
Apr. 26, 2010 1:30 p.m. Mary Ellen Wewers, Ph.D. Tobacco Use and Cessation Among Ohio Appalachian Residents
May 24, 2010 1:30 p.m. Paul Sorlie, Ph.D. National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS)
June 21, 2010 1:30 p.m. Linda Cook, Ph.D. Uterine Cancer Survival Disparities, Hispanic Ethnicity, and Co-Morbidities
Aug. 26, 2010 2:00 p.m. Dr. Ernest Moy, M.D., M.P.H. Cancer Quality and Disparities in the National Healthcare Reports

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