Skip to Main Content
CWRU Links
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cultural Inclusion and Awareness

Cultural Inclusion and Awareness

Introduction to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Cultural Inclusion and Awareness Series

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) overall goal is to provide equal access to research studies for all patients in the Case CCC catchment area. While the Case CCC leadership recognizes that achieving a clinical trial participant population that mirrors the overall minority patient population may not be feasible for many reasons which are similar to those faced by other institutions, this remains the Case CCC goal. In an effort to minimize the gap between minority and non-minority patient participation in clinical trials, Case CCC has undertaken a variety of activities in areas such as research, education, and outreach. A structured approach was facilitated by the establishment of a Minority Accrual Task Force, now a standing Case CCC Minority Accrual Committee (MAC). MAC members represent all of the Case CCC participating institutions, as well as community.

Activities of the Task Force and MAC included organizing retreats covering issues of clinical trial accrual of minority populations (2011) and cultural competency (2014).

As a result of the cultural competency retreat, Case CCC would like to introduce the Cultural Competency Series as a standard feature in the Case CCC Newsletter and on the Case CCC Clinical Research Portal web page. The main objectives for Cultural Competency Series are to provide Case CCC investigators and research staff opportunities to develop different skill sets, to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of cultural competency in the context of health care and research, and to facilitate concepts of self-reflection and self-critique.

As Case CCC, we hope to continue raising awareness and acceptance of the dynamic variety of people and communities the Case CCC serves, and in providing the Case CCC clinical research staff with unique learning experiences and skills to conduct culturally competent research.

The Case CCC Cultural Competency Series will include information, resources, audio clips and videos.


Developers of the Cultural Competency Series Retreat provide the information and resources for each Cultural Competency Series feature in good faith and acknowledge that the information and the resources are not comprehensive. Information and resources are provided without any representations or warranties, express or implied. Developers make no representations or warranties in relation to the resources and materials provided and do not necessarily underwrite any of the materials and/or information they contain. Organizers do not warrant that the information in the features is complete, true, accurate or non-misleading.

Cultural Inclusion and Awareness Series

The Case CCC Minority Accrual Committee (MAC) would like to introduce a new name, Cultural Inclusion and Awareness Series for the Cultural Competency Series.  The new name will allow the Committee to broaden the Series scope and post information which will have more research focus. 

September 19, 2017: Engaging Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Populations in Clinical Trials

June 15, 2017: Health Disparities Data Widget

May 8, 2017: FDA Drug Trials Snapshots and Diversity When Testing New Drugs

December 1, 2016: SRHEC Debuts Cultural Competency Resource Guide and White Paper

April 5, 2016: National Minority Health Month

December 15, 2015: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Cultural Competency Series

November 18, 2015: Cultural Competency and the Informed Consent Process

October 14, 2015: October is Health Literacy Month

October 2, 2015: Unconscious Bias: Cancer Clinical Trial Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

August 24, 2015: Revised: Case CCC Clinical Research Brochure for African Americans

July 17, 2015: Reshaping Research: A Guide to Integrating Cultural Considerations into Research

June 19, 2015: What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Food

May 18, 2015: Think Cultural Health

March 30, 2015: Implicit Bias: An Introduction

February 9, 2015: Eliciting the Patient's Experience of Illness through Narrative and Reflection

January 26, 2015: Cultural Competency and the Research Process

January 12, 2015: Understanding Cultural Competency: Definitions and Concepts

December 8, 2014: Operationalizing Culturally Competent Research