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2023 - Inclusivity Minute Project

    • Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Research
      , by Jennifer Bowers, Ph.D., M.P.H. and Rachelle Brick, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., O.T.R./L., Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI

      Despite research showing that approximately one in four American adults identify as having at least one disability (pertaining to hearing, vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, and independent living), individuals with disabilities are seldom included in cancer research, clinical trials, or health policy. The authors discuss reasons for this lack of inclusion and suggest actions to increase inclusion of individuals with disabilities in research.

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    • Imposter Syndrome: A Universal Struggle
      , by Jazmyn Bess, M.S (CGB, TDRP)

      The phrase Imposter Syndrome was coined in the 1970s to describe feelings of self-doubt or inadequacy often experienced by otherwise high-achieving individuals. While imposter syndrome is common and can occur across any age group, gender, profession, or racial demographic, individuals from minoritized groups may be more likely to experience it due to racism, social stigmas, and microaggressions. The author presents a variety of resources to use both when experiencing imposter syndrome oneself, or watching another person experience it.

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    • Environmental Justice
      , by Jongeun Rhee* (OEEB) and Alexandra Harris* (ITEB)

      Environmental justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental health disparities exist when communities exposed to environmental hazards and social inequities experience an increased disease burden compared to wealthier, less polluted communities. Environmental racism refers to any policy, practice, or directive that differentially affects or disadvantages (whether intended or unintended) individuals, groups, or communities based on race or color.

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    • Health Equity for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Populations
      , by Jacqueline B. Vo (REB) and Jaimie Z. Shing (IIB)

      Despite a mandate from OMB, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander individuals continue to be incorrectly lumped together with Asian individuals for data reporting and research in most national reports of cancer incidence, survival, and mortality. This masks underlying disparities in cancer rates for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, who generally have higher disease and mortality risks. The authors describe suggested actions to help achieve health equity for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander individuals, along with additional resources and references.

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    • From Microaggressions to Triggers
      , by Brittany Lord Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H. and Francine Baker, M.S.

      The authors describe microaggressions and how they can trigger feelings of prior traumas in members of marginalized groups. Readers are invited to educate themselves as individuals and communities on how to avoid committing microaggressions and better engage with others in the workplace.

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    • Cultural Competency in the Workplace
      , by Francine S. Baker, M.S., Postbaccalaureate iCURE Scholar

      Creating a diverse and inclusive work environment requires being culturally competent. Understanding that everyone has values that may differ—based on where they come from, cultural practices, and life experiences—enhances the work we do.

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