Health Equity

Health equity is the achievement of the highest level of health for all people. This can only be attained by eliminating health disparities which are inequalities in health that exist among socially, economically, and/or environmentally disadvantaged populations. The Michigan Cancer Consortium is working to decrease cancer health disparities and promote health equity.



  • Achieving Health Equity - Why health equity matters and what you can do to help ensure we all have the basics to be as health as possible. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Health Equity and Cultural Competency Training - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Sections offers in person workshops and online trainings

  • Health Equity Toolbox - Resources to Foster Culteral Sensitivity and Equitable Care for All - GW Cancer Center





  • Public Data - How to Locate and Maneuver through Selected Sites
    July 9, 2019
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    This webinar includes an overview of publicly available cancer-related data with an emphasis on health equity data resources. Resources focus on Michigan specific data along with National data. A demonstration on how to maneuver through a few of these resources is included in this presentation.

    Presenter: Taylor Olsabeck, MS, Cancer Epidemiologist, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

  • Financial Toxicity
    December 6, 2018
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    This webinar provides preliminary data, including acceptability and feasibility, of a pilot intervention for cancer financial toxicity through patient-oncologist treatment cost discussions. Included in this presentation is an update on financial toxicity literature, including both direct and indirect costs for cancer treatment and its influence on patients with cancer.

    Presenter: Lauren Hamel, PhD, Assistant Professor Population Studies, Karmanos Cancer Institute/Wayne State University

  • Multilevel Social and Behavioral Determinants of Cancer Treatment Disparities: 20 Years of Evolving Research
    April 26, 2018
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    This webinar provides an overview of how racial disparities in cancer treatment have persisted for decades; how research has evolved since publication of the landmark 2003 NAM (IOM) volume: Unequal Treatment (race-related attitudes and values); provides phases of treatment disparities research: detecting, understanding, intervening; Empirical evidence for underlying reasons (Associated with healthcare systems, individuals, clinical interactions); and provides direction and recommendations.

    Presenter: Terrance L. Albrecht, PhD, Associate Center Director, Population Sciences, Karmanos Cancer Institute; Professor/Division Director, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University, School of Medicine

  • Health Disparities and Cancer in LGBT Communities
    October 12, 2017
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    Content: This webinar covers basic LGBT cultural competency, including culturally-specific terminology and concepts. LGBT health disparities are also discussed with particular emphasis on LGBT cancer disparities that include issues related to risk factors, health care access, and health care utilization.
    Speaker: Regina Washington, DrPH, Director, LGBT HealthLink, a program at CenterLink

  • The Role of Social Determinants in Cancer Prevention and Control
    April 13, 2017
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    Content: This webinar defines social determinants in the context of cancer prevention and control, offers frameworks for understanding social determinants, and describes approaches to address social determinants through intervention.
    Speaker: Hayley S.Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University and Program Leader, Population studies & Disparities Research, Karmanos Cancer Institute