Across Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, we are working hard to end health disparities within our patient population. Together, we can identify, address and eliminate health inequities, unlocking better care for our patients, their families and our community as a whole.
There are many reasons, including racism and bias in medicine, where some groups of people get sick more often and have higher-than-average rates of disease. For example, we know that many communities of color have higher rates of certain types of cancers and are more likely to die of the disease. Also, they often have a harder time accessing health care, and the care they receive may be lower quality. These differences are called health disparities.
Health equity means that all patients have fair and just access to the medical care they need. To be truly equitable, we must challenge the factors in society that make it harder for some people to get high-quality health care.
The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement's (OCOE) promotes health equity by generating and facilitating cancer research that addresses and reduces cancer health disparities in the catchment area through authentic engagement, a community-engaged/community-based participatory research approach, and education driven by community need.