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.
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.
Initiative provides resources to study the implementation of standardized SOGI data collection at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers to assess factors associated with implementation.
Staff publication in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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.