Since 2005, Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Office of Diversity Programs (ODP) in Clinical Care, Research, and Training has worked to find solutions to disparities in cancer outcomes based on race, ethnicity, cultural differences, and socioeconomic status.
Cancer affects various populations differently, and disparities can exist in terms of how commonly the disease occurs, survival rates, and the types of treatments patients receive. The staff of the ODP collaborates with outside institutions to understand and resolve cancer health disparities.
The new online information about the ODP details its activities in three core areas:
- Clinical Care – Our staff reaches out to New York City’s racial and ethnically diverse populations and medically underserved groups to improve their access to Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s cancer prevention, screening, and treatment programs.
- Research – Increasing the participation of patients from diverse populations in clinical trials for all types of cancer is an important objective of the ODP. The staff is also working to develop research programs to help reduce cancer-related health disparities.
- Training – Our staff attempts to increase diversity in the healthcare community by recruiting and retaining racially and ethnically diverse faculty, fellows, and residents at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. They also participate in outreach to New York City high schools and medical schools to increase the diversity of students pursuing careers in science or healthcare.
We invite you to visit the Office of Diversity Programs online.