Pathways to Equity Symposium

About the Pathways to Equity Symposium

Starting in 2017, the symposium’s original name was “Voices from the Community: Bridging Communities and Research” 

and was spearheaded by Dr. Beti Thompson and the staff from the Health Disparities Research Center and Center for Community Health Promotion. It was created after identifying the need to connect researchers with key information about working with diverse populations. Now, the Pathways to Equity Symposium is a space for dialogue among researchers and communities about the importance of mutually beneficial relationships and building a strong foundation for working together.

Over the years our annual Pathways to Equity Symposium has hosted various researchers and community champions to discuss important topics related to cancer health disparities. The Symposium provides a forum for us to learn about best practices, to dialogue, and to reflect on what we can do to address cancer health disparities in a more inclusive and equitable way.

Pathways to Equity Symposium 2023

To watch the presentation from our 2023 symposium or view the speaker bios, click the buttons below. 

We look forward to seeing you in 2024!

Relevant Topics

Each year, we focus on topics affecting our communities in vulnerable situations. This includes topics of health disparities, equity in cancer survivorship and research, building trust between medical centers, culturally tailored cancer-screening interventions, racial justice, health equity through empowered communities, and achieving indigenous health equity through policy and systems change. 

Strategy and Commitment

We strategize ways to strengthen the Cancer Consortium's presence and commit to building trust among communities most affected by cancer-related health disparities in Washington State.

Community Representation

This is a space for learning and dialogue between researchers and communities. Each year we invite speakers from different communities to facilitate learning for researchers on best practices for working with communities experiencing inequities.

Dr. Beti Thompson Awards

We highlight researchers and community members who work to advocate for equitable research and community health with the annual Beti Thompson Awards.