Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities


In order to build on its commitment to reducing cancer health disparities in the Intermountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has earned a three-year grant to aid the development of cancer health disparities researchers in the Intermountain West through the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The GMaP grant will support these researchers through virtual engagement and mentorship, interactive distance education and mentoring approaches, and traditional face-to-face interaction.

GMaP Objectives

  • Advance the science of cancer health disparities research
  • Promote the development of the next generation of competitive underrepresented cancer and CHD researchers
  • Contributes to measurable reductions in cancer health disparities in GMaP region

Region 6 serves Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. We are a team of institutions, NCI cancer center, organizations, community health educators, scientists and students who share a common goal, to end cancer health disparities and make quality cancer care accessible for everyone.

This work builds on HCI’s efforts to reduce disparities through outreach, research, and clinical care for underserved populations (such as the Native American Outreach Program and the Hispanic Patient Navigation Program).


Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, director of Cancer Health Equity at HCI and Project Director for the Region 6 GMaP grant (PI-Beckerle), says the GMaP grant is one of the first efforts at HCI to cultivate cancer researchers focused specifically on cancer health disparities. HCI was eligible to apply for the grant after earning Comprehensive Cancer Center status from the NCI in July 2015.

For more information please visit:

GMaP Fact Sheet
National Outreach Network (NON) Fact Sheet
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)Training and Career Development Opportunities
Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Fact Sheet

Links to other GMap Regions

Region 1 North – Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Vermont, West Virginia and the District of Columbia
Region 1 South – Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina
Region 2 – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Puerto Rico
Region 3 – Arizona, Southern California, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Region 4 – Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin
Region 5 – Alaska, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Guam and American Samoa

Contact Info

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH
Region 6 Project Director
(801) 585-1763
Anna Reineke
GMap Region 6 Coordinating Director
(801) 213-4234 


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