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Health Equity and Cultural Sensitivity

With a pair of grants totaling more than $1 million, the George Washington University Cancer Center (GWCC) continues to advance health equity across the Washington, D.C. area.

Health Equity and Cultural Sensitivity

From the Pfizer Foundation, GWCC received $1 million to promote patient-centered cancer care and increase patient health literacy and cultural sensitivity. The project, which provides resources for patients and health care providers to have improved conversations, will examine how gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and income affect the patient–provider relationship.

The second grant, $100,000 from Susan G. Komen, given as part of a local investment of more than $1 million, will fund a multifaceted project designed to reduce cancer disparities in the lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) community in Washington, D.C. The goal of the project is to increase LBT individuals’ health literacy and engagement in health care and help health professionals provide more sensitive care to LBT patients at risk of or diagnosed with breast cancer.