Welcome to DCCPS Health Disparities and Health Equity
DCCPS seeks to eliminate cancer-related disparities by promoting and conducting health equity research that identifies and addresses the mechanisms contributing to disparities across the cancer control continuum and throughout the human lifespan.
Learn more about the background and mission of Health Disparities and Health Equity.
This new webinar series delves into the context of poverty, where esteemed researchers will present their work focusing on different aspects of poverty.
Webinar being held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 will explain the goals and highlight what is new with the IRINAH NOFOs. Details and registration information provided.
Today, the Biden-Harris Administration awarded $50 million to launch the Persistent Poverty Initiative, an initiative to alleviate the cumulative effects of persistent poverty on cancer outcomes by building research capacity, fostering cancer prevention research, and promoting the implementation of community-based programs.
About Health Disparities and Health Equity
Health disparities are the adverse effects on groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on numerous characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. These harmful health differences are often closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for everyone.
DCCPS works to eliminate these disparities and achieve health equity for all people.
Rural Cancer Control
Rural communities face disadvantages, which contribute to higher incidence and mortality rates for many cancers, and higher average mortality rates for all cancer sites combined.
Geographically Underserved Areas
Communities experiencing high or persistent poverty are at an increased risk of cancer caused by environmental, occupational, and recreational exposures, and lifestyle factors.
Native American Health
Native American populations are disproportionately affected by many cancers, with detection and diagnoses often occurring at later stages.