Health Equity Cancer Care Center
Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Health Equity Institute
In the state of Georgia, cancer health disparities (or differences in measurable cancer health outcomes) exist by age, gender, race/ethnicity, income, education, access to care, and other factors. Sickness and disease disproportionately impact members in our communities and our health care system. For example, African Americans are more likely to suffer from cancer health inequities and get sicker, develop complications, and die from cancer, than compared to other groups. African-American and Hispanic women have higher rates of cervical cancer, when compared to other racial/ethnic groups. American Indian/Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders are more likely to die from kidney disease than other racial/ethnic groups. Where you live in Georgia may determine how long you live. Studies have shown that rural communities in Georgia disproportionately experience poor cancer health outcomes when compared to their urban counterparts.
Established in 2015, the Morehouse School of Medicine Cancer Health Equity Institute is made up of special people dedicated to giving their energy, talents and unique skills to provide the best care for our patients and to discover new ways to prevent and combat these deadly diseases.
Source: Reducing Health Disparities in Atlanta. Stanford Social Innovation Review (2016). Retrieved from http://www.archicollaborative.org/
MSM Cancer Health Equity Institute is dedicated to conducting laboratory, clinical, and population-based cancer research to better understand and reduce cancer health disparities and training future cancer researchers.
Establish NCI-designated Cancer Center at MSM and be nationally recognized as the “go-to” center for cancer health disparities science.
MSM Cancer Health Equity Institute’s vision is to end health disparities in cancer, lead efforts in comprehensive research to prevent and cure cancer in African American communities and throughout Georgia, and contribute to solving the problems of cancer worldwide, while providing the highest level of safe, innovative, compassionate care for patients with cancer.
MSM Cancer Health Equity Institute works actively to:
- Promote cancer screening and healthy lifestyles
- Improve minority participation in clinical oncology trials
- Increase the number of highly competent cancer researchers and clinicians
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