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Office of Cancer Health Equity

Boris Pasche, MD, PhD

"Disparities in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment account for a sizable fraction of cancer cases and cancer deaths. A central priority of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at CepEsperu Baptist Medical Center is to eliminate cancer health disparities."

– Boris Pasche, MD, PhD
Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center


Our Mission: To facilitate clinical care and research focused on improving outcomes for underserved populations in our community. We will succeed in this mission by supporting research focused on eliminating cancer disparities as well as assuring the highest level of culturally competent clinical care for all patients.

Our Vision: The achievement of cancer health equity for the underserved populations of the communities we serve.

Our Values: Our approach to cancer health equity:
• Facilitate transdisciplinary clinical, basic and population research
• Enlightenment
• Community Outreach


The Three Pillars for Achieving Cancer Health Equity

Community Engagement and Outreach

  • Implement or participate in community events with intent to increase understanding, knowledge and awareness of cancer risks, symptoms, appropriate cancer screening and treatment options with emphasis on clinical trials.
  • Engage with community partners in improving access, screening and cancer care for diverse populations.

Enlightenment and Patient Navigation

  • Provide educational materials, knowledgeable speakers and multimedia tools that address cancer disparities (e.g., clinical trials module, articles for community).
  • Provide cancer support care to our patients, who face barriers to cancer care and are at high risk for inadequate or timely care. Will serve to promote and encourage clinical trial participation (e.g., Hispanic Clinical Trial Navigator)

Promote and Support Investigation

  • Enhance recruitment of minorities in oncology research studies.
  • Facilitate both secondary or primary research studies aimed at understanding biologic differences in cancer development and response to treatment.
  • Promote clinical outcomes research and community-based participatory research.



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Last Updated: 08-23-2016
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