Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
THE UF Health Cancer center promotes a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, access and justice
through our patient care, research, training and engagement with the communities we serve.
The limited diversity in the pool of trainees, researchers and health care workforce contributes to cancer health disparities as diverse researchers often pursue problems beyond the populations that biomedical research currently serves. The distinct challenges of our catchment area, which primarily result from geographic, educational and financial barriers to prevention and care, as well as limited engagement of racially diverse populations in research and clinical trials, require a compassionate and diverse cancer workforce with the scientific skills and cultural sensitivity necessary to promote health equity. Achieving this requires the education, training and recruitment of the next generation of cancer researchers, and addressing institutional barriers to retention and promotion to build a workforce that reflects the increasingly diverse U.S. population that has the scientific capabilities, leadership skills and cultural competency to address racial, geographic, structural and socioeconomic disparities in the catchment area and beyond.
Our plan to enhance diversity focuses on implementING innovative programming that:
The Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center is a bi-coastal cancer research and training center that brings together Florida A&M University, the University of Florida Cancer Center and the University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The UF Health Cancer Center’s Training Navigation program supports cancer research trainees and early-stage investigators in discovering career development opportunities at the National Cancer Institute and securing funding.
Learn more about the university-wide commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible community. The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer's Inclusive Excellence Blueprint is centered around five guideposts. Each guidepost is further developed with objectives, actions, and an accountability structure.
The UF Health Cancer Center and external donors offer a number of funding opportunities to support cancer-related research.
GUIDED BY leaders that care
The UF Health Cancer Center's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team puts DE&I issues at the forefront.
In the NEws
Tasha Graham, M.B.A., C-TAGME, has been named DEI manager at the UF Health Cancer Center.
The committee works to develop and implement programs and policy to foster DEI initiatives within NRG Oncology.
Three early-stage investigators at the Cancer Center are participating in the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program.
Careers and Training
The UF Health Cancer Center is devoted to developing a strong workforce and providing opportunities for employment and advancement.
connecting the cancer community
Watch a selection of videos outlining the community outreach and research efforts underway at the UF Health Cancer Center.
The CDRC consists of a group of four Black churches, an interdisciplinary team of culturally sensitive researchers, and a health disparities research support staff working collaboratively to conduct community-based participatory research that will lead to interventions and large grants that aim to help prevent and/or reduce cancers among the East Gaineville Community in Gainesville, Florida.