Addressing Cancer Disparities in SGM Populations: Recommendations for a National Action Plan to Increase SGM Health Equity Through Researcher and Provider Training and Education

Miria Kano, Nelson Sanchez, Irene Tamí-Maury, Benjamin Solder, Gordon Watt, Shine Chang

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Reducing health disparities for sexual and gender minority (SGM) people is a priority of the National Institutes of Health. SGM populations face barriers in cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship care. These barriers are due to deficits in researcher and provider training and education, as well as limited National Cancer Institute funding opportunities directed at the many different SGM populations. SGM status intersects with race and ethnicity, education, geography, and poverty to exacerbate disparities further. SGM cancer research will inform SGM patient cancer care guidelines and promote best practices in care among cancer providers. Cancer professionals may benefit from tailored training to enhance their research readiness for SGM cancer care. Research readiness can promote conduct of high-impact SGM cancer research and expand the limited knowledge of SGM cancer care disparities. Here, we propose a coordinated national plan for the training and education of health science researchers and oncology providers as a key strategy to reduce SGM cancer health disparities experienced along the cancer care continuum. We describe unrecognized clinical cancer care needs of SGM patients and unmet opportunities for research partnership and offer strategies for developing flexible educational training programs, courses, and workshops to prepare researchers and healthcare providers to promote health equity and quality cancer care for members of the SGM community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-53
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020

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Keywords

  • Cancer health disparities
  • Education and training
  • Healthcare providers
  • LGBTQ
  • Researchers
  • SGM
  • Sexual and gender minorities

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  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Addressing Cancer Disparities in SGM Populations : Recommendations for a National Action Plan to Increase SGM Health Equity Through Researcher and Provider Training and Education. / Kano, Miria; Sanchez, Nelson; Tamí-Maury, Irene; Solder, Benjamin; Watt, Gordon; Chang, Shine.

In: Journal of Cancer Education, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.02.2020, p. 44-53.

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