Cancer is the leading cause of premature death before the age of 65. As the onset and diagnosis of cancer continues to increase, we need more community voices involved to develop new ways to reduce the cancer burden. Hosted by The City College of New York, Community Scientist Institute is an 8-week course designed for community members interested in addressing the cancer burden in New York City. Through in-person classes and virtual learning elements, participants in this course learn about cancer research and clinical trials, develop skills to prepare for involvement with projects and programs focused on cancer research and health advocacy, and engage in networking and professional development opportunities.
Scholarship application deadline is November 17, 2023.
Discoveries in basic science and clinical innovation in cancer care have been predominantly grounded in research with mostly white populations. Although basic science programs are working on cancers that are relevant to our communities, this program seeks to integrate community relevant concerns with basic science research to help promote discoveries in basic science and clinical innovation in cancer research that are directly relevant to these local communities. Community organizations working on SU2C will be involved in the selection of pilot projects. The intent being that teams will work on pilots that increase the relevancy of basic science discoveries to questions that are essential to reducing cancer health inequities.
Community pilot projects will be led by teams consisting of community citizen scientists and two early stage investigators, one each from the four participating sites (Columbia, Einstein/Montefiore, Mount Sinai and CUNY)
Cancer Health Inequalities Course
The Cancer Health Inequity course incorporates the impact of community involvement at every step in the scientific discovery continuum. The course will include topics such as structural inequities and bias that drive political impacts on health policy and social determinants of health such as disparities in biological determinants, education, housing, physical environment, transportation, and existing health care systems that either create or perpetuate health inequities or act as barriers to cutting edge treatment. The course will have core content for all levels and then have modules based on the setting (e.g., medical school, pre-doctoral and postdoctoral training). This course will be added to the curriculum of each of our institutions.
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