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Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Blog provides updates, organizational announcements, the latest in funding opportunities and information on upcoming conferences and symposiums. This blog also highlights inspiring patient stories and the accomplishments and achievements of DCI faculty and staff. Subscribers are invited to submit story ideas and other news of interest. Email submissions and feedback to Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications, Duke Cancer Institute.

Barrett Named To Receive 2018 Inclusive Excellence Award

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, director of DCI’s Office of Health Equity (OHE), was recently named by the Duke University School of Medicine (SoM) Office of Diversity and Inclusion to receive the 2018 Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Award. The annual award recognizes individuals within Duke...

Team Spirit: Over One Thousand Join CRUSH 2018

About a thousand people and 50 plus dogs rose early on Saturday morning, March 24, to attend an unseasonably cold CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk — held for the first time at Durham’s Northgate Mall. The spring freeze couldn’t crush the team spirit that rippled through the event, organized...

Increasing and Diversifying Clinical Trials: The Yale Model

Last month, the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) Tesheia Johnson, MBA, MHS, shared Yale’s comprehensive and integrated model to increase and diversify clinical trial participation with an invited group of Duke Cancer Institute and Duke...

Deputy Director Receives Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Award

Deputy director of Duke Cancer Institute Steven Patierno, PhD, recently received the 2018 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Award from the Duke Office for Institutional Equity. Patierno wears many hats, so to speak. He is responsible for overseeing all of DCI's initiatives in the realms of...

Barrett Appointed To Serve As ACCC Trustee

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, inaugural director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), has been appointed to serve as a trustee on the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Board of Trustees. “The ACCC’s leadership and staff appreciate the work that you have done...

Barrett Appointed to National Health Disparities Role

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, inaugural director of Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED), has been appointed as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Health Disparities . The institute is an independent, non-...

DCI Receives 2017 ACCC Innovator Award

Duke Cancer Institute is among 10 cancer centers named by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) to receive its 2017 Innovator Award. "These forward-thinking Cancer Program Members have created innovative strategies for the effective delivery of cancer care," announced the ACCC. Through...

NCI Funds $2 Million Grant For Duke-NCCU Disparities Research Partnership

A “Duke-NCCU Cancer Disparities Translational Research Partnership” grant has been funded by the National Cancer Institute for four years in the amount of $2 million for two laboratory-based translational research projects. There is a long-standing relationship between the two Durham-based...

Diversity Training Sessions On Tap For Fall

How would you react if you were a health-care provider and heard two colleagues talking about feeling uneasy with seeing another co-worker in a burka? What if, instead of the burka, the two colleagues were talking about a co-worker’s weight? Alternatively, how would you react if a co-worker told...

Addressing the Costs of Cancer Care

Patients coping with cancer face numerous challenges, from the emotional reaction to a diagnosis, to lasting, difficult treatment regimens, to having to face their own mortality. As the costs of health care continue to rise, they are also facing an additional challenge—finding a way to pay for...

OHED Equips Area's Faith Communities

On Saturday, Jan. 10, the DCI Office of Health Equity and Disparities (OHED) hosted its quarterly training session supporting its Community Health Ambassador Program. Representatives from more than 10 regional faith communities attended, including Joe Hester, parish pastor for the First...

Reducing Health Disparities in Our Communities

Black men face an unfortunate paradox when it comes to prostate cancer. They are the group hit hardest by this common disease, yet they are less likely than other groups to receive screening or medical care for this disease. The National Cancer Institute estimates that black men are 60 percent more...