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.
Questions, suggestions and feedback about the Cultural Competency Series should be directed to Katarzyna Karelus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.844.4176.
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.