The Office of Health Equity supports research activities focused on the reduction of cancer health disparities and increased participation of diverse patients in clinical trials. Such activities include:
The Partnership for Cancer Research, Training, and Community Outreach (PCOP)
- To advance basic and applied cancer research at CCNY
- To advance research on disparities and cancer burden and outcomes at MSK
- To implement joint education and training and education opportunities that attract scholars from populations underrepresented in medicine at all levels to career paths in cancer research, as well as to support their career development
- To use the combined resources of CCNY and MSK to develop and evaluate innovative health outreach initiatives designed to reduce the impact of cancer in medically underserved communities
Queens Cancer Center
Beginning in 2005, Memorial Sloan Kettering joined the Queens Cancer Center (QCC) in a collaboration to provide the highest quality cancer care to the diverse patient population of northwest Queens, New York, through research focused on understanding the nature of cancer disparities experienced by the QCC community, as well as on making MSK investigator-initiated trials available to QCC patients.
MSK Ralph Lauren Center (RLC)
Established in 2003, the MSK Ralph Lauren Center offers cancer screening, prevention, and treatment services in addition to support services that include patient navigation and psychosocial support provided by social workers. Partnering with the Office of Clinical Research, the Office of Health Equity developed a clinical trial research infrastructure at MSK RLC that gives its patients access to novel therapies through participation in clinical trials.
State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center
University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is the teaching Hospital of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the only academic medical center providing patient care, education, research, and community services for the nearly five million people living in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. MSK has a collaborative working relationship with UHB to enhance and foster its programs in clinical research and infrastructure related to cancer.