Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 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 the implementation of innovative programming that 1) increases the diversity of the cancer research workforce, 2) develops well-prepared and diverse future cancer research leaders, and 3) promotes a culture of inclusion, belonging and equity.
Learn more about the university-wide commitment to creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible community.
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
Elizabeth Shenkman, Ph.D., and Oluwadamilola T. Oladeru, M.D., of the Cancer Center were featured as role models for Women in Medicine Month.
Kate Hitchcock, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed to a National Clinical Trials Network committee tasked with improving diversity and inclusion efforts.
Tarcha Rentz, Ph.D., M.Ed. Steering Committee Member, UF Health Cancer Center Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Founder, Wishful Thinking…
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.