Data demonstrates that under-represented minorities (URM) are more likely to die of cancer and less likely to enroll in clinical trials. Further, URM physicians and providers continue to be show a significant gap in representation throughout our medical and research systems. These systemic shortcomings contribute to ongoing inequities in the clinical outcomes of our patients and as such, Our Mission is to “Work together to end inequalities in pediatric neuro-oncology by improving access to care for our patients, broadening diversity within our community, and providing sustainable data-driven solutions.”
The goals of our group are to:
We have divided efforts as a working group to address each of the above goals and to make a larger collective impact by addressing up to date data collection and sharing; ongoing, real-time education our team members; and diversity outreach. Since it beginning in July 2020, our team has:
We look forward to continuing progress on these efforts and moving towards our first publication and presentations at national and international meetings in the coming months.
Our group is comprised of members from six institutions.