Advocating for Equitable Cancer Care: A Call to Establish Comprehensive Survivorship Programming and Enhance Genetic Testing Discussions

Two new measurements have been added to the Health Equity Report Card (HERC)—a tool for improving the quality and equity of cancer care. This expansion is part of ongoing efforts to address the impact of structural and interpersonal racism as a cause of disparities in cancer outcomes in the United States.

MD Anderson launches collaborative initiative to reduce breast cancer disparities in Houston area

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center launches a community-wide health care initiative to reduce breast cancer disparities in the Houston area, particularly for Black women. Texas Health Equity Alliance for Breast Cancer (THEAL), seeks to lower the Black/white breast cancer mortality gap in Harris County by 15% over the next decade.

AI in Medical Imaging Could Magnify Health Inequities, Study Finds

Analyzing crowd-sourced sets of data used to create AI algorithms from medical images, University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers found that most did not include patient demographics and none evaluated for inherent biases. That means they have no way of knowing whether these images contain representative samples of the population such as Blacks, Asians, and Indigenous Americans.

Bita Kash, PhD, Researcher with Houston Methodist, available to discuss COVID-19 and African American communities

Bita Kash, PhD, Director of the Center for Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, is available to discuss why African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in many areas across the United States. “Rates of obesity, diabetes and…