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Cancer Health Disparities Working Group

The Cancer Health Disparities Working Group (CHDWG) focuses on addressing cancer health disparities in epidemiologic and genomic studies. The group strives to synergize efficient and timely changes in our research to be able to promote discovery of the determinants of cancer in diverse populations across race/ethnicity/ancestry, gender including gender identity and sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.


  • To promote exchange and interaction among DCEG members and foster collaboration in cancer health disparities research
  • To propose new and collaborative research agendas (short- and long-term) in cancer health disparities and inform the vision and mission of DCEG
  • To provide the fellows opportunities to network and access to resources and training, through close collaboration with Fellows’ Cancer Health Disparities Interest Group
  • To create synergy with existing initiatives and interest groups within NIH

Fellows’ Cancer Health Disparities Interest Group

Initiated by DCEG fellows in February 2020, the Fellows’ Cancer Health Disparities Interest Group (CHDIG) missions are 1) to serve as a platform to discuss health disparities including but not limited to cancer, and 2) to help trainees and division staff identify important questions in cancer health disparities. The group is organizing monthly seminars, such as invited talks from intramural and extramural investigators and fellows in health disparities research, journal discussions, and talks on following a career path in health disparities. The seminar is open to all members (fellows, investigators, staff) who are interested in health disparities in NCI/NIH.

Anyone wishing to become more involved with the group, may contact any of the four co-chairs: Jongeun Rhee (OEEB), Cody Ramin (REB), and Sarah Jackson (IIB).

The greater CHDWG also works closely with researchers outside DCEG, including those at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), led by Dr. Anna María Nápoles (Scientific Director at NIMHD).

Chairs/Leads of the Cancer Health Disparities Working Group (DCEG Sharepoint)

For more information, contact Constanza Camargo and Jiyeon Choi.