Governors State University - UI Cancer Disparity Education Project:
It's an exciting time to be a part of the College of Health and Human Services. GSU and the University of Illinois Cancer Center are joining forces in research to help reduce cancer-related health disparities across Chicago's Southland.
The GUIDE (Governors State University –UI Cancer Center Disparity Education) Cancer Research Training Project is a collaborative initiative between Governors State University (GSU) and UI Cancer Center (UICC). This collaboration will enhance the capacity of both institutions to conduct research to understand and reduce local cancer disparities and their determinants. The institutions will jointly conduct a pilot research project addressing a local, cancer-related health disparity. A training program for GSU junior faculty and undergraduate students designed to attract and prepare investigators for careers in cancer disparities research will also be developed. The training and education program will leverage research expertise in cancer-related health inequities at the UICC and will incorporate successful elements of research training programs developed at GSU and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Aims of the GUIDE Project:
- Establish a collaborative partnership between GSU and UICC in Cancer Disparities Research and Training
- Encourage underrepresented minority undergraduate students from GSU to pursue careers in disparities research
- Conduct a collaborative locally focused breast cancer pilot research study by investigators at UICC, GSU and a local community-based organization
- Provide an integrated cancer research training and career development experience at the junior faculty level in the GSU College of Health and Human Services.
The Principal Investigators of the GUIDE Project are:
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|Robert Winn, MD|
Director, Cancer Center
University of Illinois at Chicago
|Catherine Balthazar, PhD|
CHHS Communication Disorders
Governors State University
|Rupert Evans Sr., DHA, MPA|
Health Administration Department
Governors State University
UI Cancer Center
Joins GSU in Project to Address Cancer Disparities
Governors State University and the University of Illinois Cancer Center have received a joint four-year, $1.5 million grant from the
National Cancer Institute to help both institutions conduct community-based
research to reduce cancer-related health disparities in Chicago’s south
The grant will support the development of an integrated
program for GSU junior faculty that provides training to perform independent
research and to lend career-development support to minority undergraduate and
graduate students at GSU who are interested in health disparities research.
The Southland has seen a “geographic shift” in the areas
with the highest cancer rates, from the city to the suburbs, noted Karriem
Watson, senior research specialist and administrator for community-engaged
research at the UI Cancer Center.
many suburbs don’t have the infrastructure of robust academic and research
cancer centers, or the specialized expertise among their faculty, to address
the growing disparities that exist within their local communities,” Watson said.
“That’s what we hope to build with GSU.”
“Partnering with the UI Cancer Center will increase the
capacity of GSU to serve as a center of health disparities research in a
community that is disproportionately affected by cancer,” said Dr. Rupert Evans, Sr., DHA, MPA, FACHE, Chair and Program Director of GSU’s Department of
Health Administration, as well as co-principal investigator on the grant.
“It will also build our faculty’s ability to pursue larger
federal grants for projects that will address high cancer rates and mortality
in the Southland community," Dr. Evans said.
“The faculty and students have a very organic relationship
with the communities we serve,” said Dr. Catherine Balthazar, Ph.D., Chair of
GSU’s Department of Communication Disorders and also a co-principal
investigator on the grant.
“Because of the trust we have with the community, we can
help bring the opportunity to participate in community-based cancer research
and in clinical trials through our partnership with the University of Illinois
Cancer Center," Dr. Balthazar said.
University has invested substantially in its basic and health science faculty
and programs and is well-positioned to make a dent in bringing down cancer
rates locally,” said Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice president for
community-based practice at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health
Sciences System and director of the UI Cancer Center.
“The University of
Illinois Cancer Center can help by sharing our expertise in cancer research and
delivering community-based cancer prevention and intervention strategies where
they are needed most," Dr. Winn added.
The grant also supports a breast cancer pilot project led by
Dr. Kent Hoskins, associate professor of hematology/oncology in the UIC College
of Medicine and member of the UI Cancer Center, and faculty from GSU with expertise
in behavioral health and health disparities.
“In the past, people in the Southland have not had access to
any type of quality research in helping prevent cancer, especially in minority
women,” noted Dr. Evans. “That’s one of the focuses of this particular grant —
to work on the disparities that exist in the treatment and access to care in