Sep 10, 2021

2021 PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research

This summer, Huntsman Cancer Institute welcomed back its PathMaker Programs for Cancer Research. Sixteen students and four secondary school science teachers learned valuable lessons while sharing amazing experiences together.

Sep 02, 2021

Helping Non-English Speakers Take Part in Clinical Trials

“The gift that clinical trial participation gives—not only to science but to our patients—should not be limited by language,” says Sadie Gabler, director of the University of Utah Office of Research Participant Advocacy. She explains why clinical trial translation and interpretation services are a crucial part of the effort to reduce health disparities.

Aug 02, 2021

Community Initiative Aims to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

With colorectal cancer cases growing in rural populations and among the Pacific Islander community, Huntsman Cancer Institute is taking part in a new initiative. The Screen to Save program aims to increase colorectal cancer screening rates for both at-risk groups.

Apr 29, 2021

Working to Eliminate Disparities in Genetic Counseling and Testing

Black, Latinx, and Asian populations have the lowest rates of genetic counseling and testing. These important data can help find inherited mutations that could cause the disease. Huntsman Cancer Institute works to share the importance of knowing family cancer history, create easier access to genetic counseling and testing, and educate about hereditary cancers.

Apr 15, 2021

What We Can Do about Cancer Disparities in Utah

When facing cancer, some people have worse outcomes because of economic, social, cultural, environmental, and geographic disadvantages. These worse outcomes are known as cancer disparities. HCI senior director of population sciences Tracy Onega, PhD, MS, talks about two of the biggest groups who experience cancer disparities in Utah—rural residents and the Hispanic population—and what we can do to achieve health equity for these groups.

Mar 01, 2021

Cancer and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals face health care disparities and may have an unequal burden of cancer compared with other groups. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to providing quality care to LGBTQ people.

Feb 16, 2021

Ethics, Racism, and Scientific Discovery: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

For decades, researchers have used a line of “immortal” human cells that can be grown over and over in the lab. Known as HeLa cells, they originally came from a Black woman named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. HCI’s Cancer Learning Center reviews the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells Lacks’s story and explores the issues of ethics and racism in scientific research.

Jan 13, 2021

Systemic Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Huntsman Cancer Institute joins Utah’s health care systems/hospital to address the public health crisis of racism. As members and leaders from Utah’s health care organizations, we believe systemic racism is a real threat to the health of our patients, our families, and our communities. Systemic racism includes a complex array of economic and resource inequalities found throughout significant parts of the U.S. society. Domestic tranquility, for everyone, is an achievable goal.

Jul 10, 2020

Our Commitment to End Racism at Huntsman Cancer Institute

At Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), we are familiar with tackling major and complex challenges, like cancer. We will similarly dedicate ourselves to tackling racism. Meaningful action is long overdue. We fall short of our vision to deliver a cancer-free frontier if we do not succeed in our efforts to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Jun 26, 2020

Huntsman Cancer Institute Celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month in June, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will illuminate the Beacon of Hope in rainbow colors this weekend.

Apr 23, 2020

Working to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in the Mountain West

Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities program (GMaP) is an initiative of HCI’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and is part of a nationwide program by the National Cancer Institute. Organizations from seven hubs across the country work to reduce cancer health disparities and support career development for researchers and trainees who work on cancer health disparities.

Mar 04, 2020

Paving the Way for Indigenous Scholars

The PathMaker Program definitely had a significant impact on my career path. It was what opened the door to the research world and provided me with the support I needed even after completing the program. I learned that even though my internship ended, the relationships and contacts I gained in the program did not. PathMaker has helped me in every step of my career, and I will be forever grateful.

Mar 01, 2020

Llevando la atención de calidad de HCI a la calle

En otoño de 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI por sus siglas en inglés) presentó el autobús de detección y educación del cáncer. Esta clínica móvil de última generación lleva la última tecnología de detección y experiencia de HCI a los residentes en Utah, incluyendo aquellos que viven en áreas distantes y comunidades rurales. Este nuevo servicio afirma el compromiso de HCI al abordar las necesidades relacionadas con el cáncer en nuestro estado.

Mar 01, 2020

Navegando los riesgos del cáncer heredado

Luego de que a su hermana se le diagnosticara cáncer de mama, Juana Cobián y su hermano decidieron hacerse pruebas genéticas. Las pruebas genéticas ofrecen una forma de que muchas personas puedan entender su riesgo de desarrollar cáncer.

Mar 01, 2020

Taking HCI-Quality Care on the Road

In fall 2019, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) unveiled the Cancer Screening and Education Bus. This stateof- the art mobile clinic brings HCI’s expertise and the latest screening technology to residents across Utah, including those who live in distant areas and rural communities. This new service affirms HCI’s commitment to addressing the cancer-related needs of our state.

Mar 01, 2020

Navigating Inherited Cancer Risk

After their sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, Juana Cobián and her brother decided to get genetic testing. Genetic testing provides a way for many to understand their risk for developing cancer.

Feb 21, 2020

Chasing—and Catching—His Dreams

To say that the PathMaker Program made an impact on my life would be a huge understatement. I learned so much from my PathMaker experience, I honestly could write a book about it. Because of the skills I learned, the connections I made, and the amazing mentorship I received, the program instilled in me a drive to continue to chase my dreams.

Oct 23, 2019

Huntsman Cancer Institute Awarded $2.5 Million to Engage Underrepresented Utah Students and Their Teachers in Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Cancer Institute’s Youth Enjoy Science Research Education Program to engage Utah high school students and their teachers in cancer research. The program will engage racial and ethnic minorities, economically disadvantaged students, and rural and frontier residents from across Utah in order to increase diversity in biomedical research. The grant, to be funded over five consecutive years, will enable HCI to train 60 students and 20 science teachers through hands-on research experiences.

Aug 22, 2019

Celebrating Ten Years of Hispanic Patient Navigation

This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the Hispanic Patient Navigator program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Patient navigators serve as a bridge between patients and their care teams. Navigators make sure patients, caregivers, and doctors understand each other and get needed services.

May 31, 2019

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride at Huntsman Cancer Institute

In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month in June, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) will illuminate the Beacon of Hope in rainbow colors this weekend, highlight LGBTQ+ staff and caregivers on social media, and participate in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, June 2.

Apr 24, 2019

How Our Researchers and Physicians Work to End Health Disparities

To recognize National Minority Health Month, we spoke to two of our staff about their on-the-ground work to address health disparities, and why they value diversity in cancer research and care.

Apr 04, 2019

Public Health Plays an Important Role in Cancer Prevention

The first week of April is National Public Health Week, which celebrates a growing movement to create the healthiest nation we can. The public health system prevents diseases, including cancer. Public health officials look for patterns to understand why cancer and other diseases happen, teach people about healthy decisions, and create policies that make sure we live in healthy, safe communities.

Mar 01, 2019

Working Together To Engage Every Community

In summer 2018, Huntsman Cancer Institute established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to increase community outreach and engagement and address health disparities through collaboration. The 38 CAB members represent government organizations, safety-net health care and health systems, comprehensive cancer programs, community organizations focused on the underserved, business and religious leaders, elected officials, and cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors.

Oct 17, 2018

Study Reveals Reasons Why African American Men Are Underrepresented in Prostate Cancer Research

African American men experience significant health disparities. They are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as white men, yet they are underrepresented in prostate cancer research. A new study by Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES®, uncovers attitudes toward prostate cancer research among African American men and suggests strategies to increase participation in research. The study is included in a new collection of research on health disparities impacting African American men.

Aug 10, 2018

Nurturing Future Cancer Researchers in the PathMaker Program

The PathMaker program is a stepping stone for students interested in a career in health sciences or STEM with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Jun 29, 2018

Reaching the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah

The second cancer conference for the Hispanic/Latino Community of Utah, Salud Para Mí, Es Salud Para Mi Familia 2018, took place Saturday, June 16, at Salt Lake Community College. The conference offers a space for the Hispanic/Latino community of Utah to receive screenings with local health care providers, get reliable health information, and learn about cancer screening and prevention.

May 08, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Opens Center for HOPE and is Awarded $9.7 Million to Improve Health Among Underserved Populations

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah today announced the opening of the Cancer Population Sciences and Huntsman Center for Health Outcomes and Population Equity (HOPE), a new research and clinical space dedicated to preventing cancer and improving health among underserved populations and improving outcomes in cancer patients. The center recently received $9.7 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to fund a clinical trial researching new and effective approaches to reduce tobacco use.

Mar 28, 2018

Two PathMaker Alumni Selected for Prestigious Research Program

The PathMaker Cancer Research Program is for high school and undergraduate students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce. Under the mentorship of an HCI scientist, PathMaker scholars conduct research and build a foundation for careers in health professions and biomedical research. 

Dec 12, 2017

2017 Utah Hispanic/Latino Cancer Conference

This year’s conference provided a unique opportunity for the Spanish-speaking community of Utah to learn about cancer and interact with local health care providers.

Nov 15, 2017

HCI Trainee Receives NCI Graduate Diversity Supplement

Kali Dale, a graduate research assistant at HCI, was selected to receive the National Cancer Institute Graduate Diversity Supplement.

Oct 27, 2017

Health Literacy: Making Health Information Easy to Understand

The information we use to make health decisions can be conflicting, overwhelming, and hard to understand. Our ability to make decisions based on this information is called "health literacy."

Apr 11, 2017

April is National Minority Health Month

As we all strive towards health equity, a cornerstone value for Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah Health, we invite you to join opportunities this April for National Minority Health Month.

Jan 01, 2017

HCI CEO and Director Serves as Panelist at White House Event

Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute, served as a panelist at an event organized by the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force. Beckerle participated in a discussion on addressing disparities in access to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Jul 05, 2016

HCI Convenes Cancer Moonshot Summit

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah participated in a national summit on the Cancer Moonshot initiative on June 29, 2016. The Cancer Moonshot Summits were organized at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, and more than 270 organizations hosted summits that brought together patients and survivors, researchers, physicians, advocates, philanthropists, and data and technology experts to brainstorm ways of speeding up progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care over the next five years—and to ultimately end cancer as we know it.