Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Friday honored two individuals for their compassionate and tireless work addressing health disparities in Washington state.
Both awards are named after Dr. Beti Thompson, a community-based participatory research practitioner at Fred Hutch. Thompson has devoted her research career to helping underserved populations by working with community partners and stakeholders to develop culturally relevant interventions that address public health concerns brought forth by the community.
Thompson presented the awards May 10 at the annual Pathways to Equity Symposium, which was held on the Fred Hutch campus. Dr. Fred Appelbaum, Fred Hutch’s executive vice president and deputy director, kicked off the event by noting the Fred Hutch/ University of Washington Cancer Consortium’s commitment to reducing the burden of cancer for everyone.
But the consortium can’t do that alone, he stressed. “We need to partner with community leaders and organizations throughout Washington state to export the knowledge we create here,” Appelbaum said. “Knowledge is great, but unless we export it to the people who need it, it just sits on a desk. That’s not our goal.”
The annual symposium is hosted by Fred Hutch’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. It brings together researchers, health care workers, and representatives from community groups to discuss ways to bridge gaps in health equity. This year’s event explored topics like: