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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) mission is to serve as a platform to discuss health disparities, including but not limited to cancer, and to help trainees and Division staff identify important questions in cancer health disparities.

The group organizes monthly seminars with invited speakers including intramural and extramural investigators and fellows working in health disparities research, journal discussions, and career talks on following a career path in health disparities. The seminars are open to anyone (fellows, investigators, staff) interested in health disparities at NCI/NIH.

Anyone wishing to become more involved with the group may contact any of the co-chairs.

CHDIG Co-chairs

Jongeun Rhee, Sc.D., M.S., M.S., Wayne Lawrence, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.Jessica Madrigal, Ph.D., M.S., Alexandra R. Harris, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.Jennifer McGee-Avila, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., C.P.H., and Cato Milder, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Past co-chairs: Former fellows Drs. Brittny Davis Lynn, Sarah Jackson, Gieira Jones, Sachelly Julian-Serrano, Brittany Lord, Waruiru Mburu, Cody Ramin, André Rose, and Jaqueline B. Vo.

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.

For more information, contact Co-chairs Constanza Camargo and Jiyeon Choi.

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