The Daily Record: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine awarded near $400K grant for 2-year cancer project

By Daily Record Staff
January 5, 2021

The American Cancer Society and Pfizer have approved grants totaling more than $3 million in 10 communities focused on reducing racial disparities and helping optimize cancer outcomes for Black men and women, including the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, which was awarded a two-year project grant of $399,924.

The goal is to address systemic race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that impact outcomes across all cancer types.

The grants, funded by Pfizer Global Medical Grants and overseen by the American Cancer Society, are part of the Addressing Racial Disparities in Cancer Care Competitive Grant Program, a three-year collaboration working to promote equity in cancer outcomes for Black men and women. Cancer is a disease that affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Blacks experience more illness, worse outcomes, and premature death compared to whites in the United States. Further, Black men and women have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial/ethnic group in the United States for most cancers. Black men also have the highest cancer incidence.

The grant will allow Beavis and her team including co-principal investigator, Anne Rositch, M.S.P.H., Ph.D., associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Stephanie Wethington, M.D., M.Sc., assistant professor in the division of gynecologic cancers, division of gynecologic oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, to develop a scalable and ultimately sustainable way to identify and address the social determinants of health in women with gynecologic cancers.

The project expands on a pilot program they started in 2017 in collaboration with Hopkins Community Connection (formerly Health Leads) to identify and address challenges that disproportionately affect Black patients, such as access to basic needs like food, housing and transportation, which have been exacerbated by the disparate effect of the pandemic on the Black community.

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