MedStar Health Investigator Receives 5 Million Dollar Award From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Reduce Inequities in Cancer Outcomes

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Hannah Arem, PhD, Scientific Director of Implementation Science at the MedStar Health Research Institute, was selected for funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for her five-year project entitled, “Reducing Inequities in Cancer Outcomes through Community-Based Interventions on Social Determinants of Health.”


The purpose of this award, in collaboration with George Washington University and Howard University, is to conduct research to further institutionalize screening and follow up for social determinants of health among cancer survivors in DC at three cancer institutes. Additionally, the researchers will conduct anti-bias training at the three cancer institutes with all providers interacting with patients. The long-term goal of this study is to develop scalable interventions to identify and address social needs for cancer survivors. This project is intended to establish sustainable clinical-community linkages and improve survivor health and well-being. This research aims to advance our understanding of what works in different settings, for whom and why.

Understanding the burden of social needs in our population, the available community resources, and solidifying integrated, closed-loop referral systems to address those needs is critical to improving quality of life for cancer survivors and reducing disparities in outcomes.

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