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.

May 06, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, to Lead Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Huntsman Cancer Institute has named Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, as executive director of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Okuyemi will oversee efforts at HCI to actively counter racism and promote a culture of belonging, a key strategic priority for the cancer center. This new role expands Okuyemi’s current oversight to include equity, diversity, and inclusion across the full spectrum of the HCI mission.

Apr 01, 2021

From Awareness to Action: A Commitment to An Anti-Racist Cancer Center

In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.

Mar 11, 2021

Taking a Minute to Honor Diversity in the Workplace

“Feeling valued as an individual can go a long way toward fostering a sense of belonging,” says Jaime Fornetti, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Welm Lab. To promote this sense of belonging and celebrate their different backgrounds, the Welm Lab holds a “Minute for Diversity” in team meetings, where employees can share their cultural traditions. Just taking these few moments, they say, has led to fewer assumptions and biases.

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.

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.