Apr 13, 2022

New Initiatives Awarded $4.7 Million to Encourage COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Communities and Schools

In their quest to overcome health disparities, University of Utah Health scientists are launching SCALE-UP II and SCALE-UP Counts, a pair of initiatives designed to increase COVID-19 testing and vaccination among rural and underserved populations. Combined, the two initiatives are supported by $4.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mar 01, 2022

Delivering a More Just, Equitable, & Inclusive Workplace

Huntsman Cancer Institute made a commitment to be an anti-racist cancer center. That meant taking meaningful actions that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. Natasha Ovuoba, associate director for the Commission on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, speaks about some of education and support she is providing in her new role.

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

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.