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Diversity and Health Equity

Mission:  Yale Cancer Center is committed to promoting diversity, eliminating disparities, and embracing health equity through research, education, and clinical care.

“Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives, and serves as a catalyst for change resulting in health equity. In this context, we are mindful of all aspects of human differences, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.” Marc Nivet, EdD, AAMC Chief Diversity Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges


  • To promote disparities related research

- Basic science and translational research aimed at understanding biologic differences in cancer development and behavior in diverse populations

- Clinical and outcomes research aimed at understanding differences in cancer treatment and prognosis in diverse populations

- Community based participatory research aimed at understanding issues of concern to cancer patients and those at risk for developing cancer in diverse populations

- Population-level/epidemiologic research 

  • To encourage participation of diverse populations in clinical trials 


  • Cultural competence and humility
  • Training researchers, educators and clinicians of diverse backgrounds
  • Health literacy
  • Community outreach/education

Clinical Care:

  • Engagement with community partners in improving access, screening and cancer care for diverse populations
  • Patient-centered care/patient-family advisory council
  • Language services
  • Appropriate patient education materials
  • Diverse workforce

Contact Information

Beth Jones, PhD, MPH

Assistant Director, Diversity and Health Equity
(203) 764-7207
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Andrea Silber, MD
Assistant Director, Diversity and Health Equity
(203) 200-2328