Broadening Access and Improving Opportunities for All EMPOWERING LIVES, FOSTERING UNITY: THE UF HEALTH CANCER CENTER CHAMPIONS BROADENING ACCESS, IMPROVING OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY THROUGH OUR PATIENT CARE, RESEARCH, TRAINING AND ENGAGEMENT WITH THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE.


Broadening participation and improving opportunities for all in the health care workforce contributes to ameliorating cancer health disparities. The distinct challenges of our catchment area, which primarily result from geographic, educational and financial barriers to prevention and care, require a compassionate 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. It also requires identifying and addressing barriers to successful retention and promotion to build a workforce that has the scientific capabilities, leadership skills and cultural competency to address all forms of cancer health disparities in the catchment area and beyond.

Our plan to PROMOTE BROAD PARTICIPATION IN CANCER RESEARCH AND ONCOLOGY focuses on implementING innovative programming that:

Broadens access and improves opportunities to engage in the cancer research workforce

Improves opportunities to lead and develops well-prepared cancer research leaders

Champions a welcoming community

Our aims

AIM 1

Broaden participation in the cancer research workforce, community and advisory boards through education, training and mentoring

AIM 2

Recruit, mentor and support groups of scholars through professional development, aiming to cultivate the next generation of leaders within the Cancer Center and the broader cancer research community

AIM 3

Leverage and strengthen institutional infrastructure and resources to ensure the success of groups underrepresented in the cancer research workforce and leadership

AIM 4

Develop evaluation processes and metrics to ensure continuous improvement in institutional culture

Resources

PARTNERSHIPS

Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement (CaRE2) Health Equity Center

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.

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Resources

Training Navigation Program

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.

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Guided by LEADERS WHO CARE

Careers and Training

connecting the cancer community

Videos

Get Involved

Watch a selection of videos outlining the community outreach and research efforts underway at the UF Health Cancer Center.

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Cancer Community

Community-Partnered Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative (CDRC)

The CDRC consists of a group of eight 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 Gainesville community in Gainesville, Florida.

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