The mission of Siteman Cancer Center’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) is to create a national model for eliminating local and regional disparities in cancer education, prevention and treatment. Through a community advisory committee and community partnerships, PECaD works with community representatives to find solutions that reduce disparities. Our approach includes the following strategies:
- Outreach and education
- Quality improvement and research
PECaD focuses on strengthening capacity to reduce cancer disparities by working with community organizations, cancer survivors, clinicians, researchers and advocates to enhance education and awareness about cancer risk, prevention, community resources and care centers. We conduct quality-improvement initiatives and research in our medical center and community to understand and advance ideas that will eliminate disparities.
Our Clinical Study Accrual Monitoring/Clinical Studies Outreach Program evaluates patient participation in clinical studies at Siteman and helps study teams achieve appropriate representation by gender, race and ethnicity. PECaD also is committed to training junior faculty members, students and community members in community-based participatory research and program approaches to reduce cancer disparities.
PECaD is funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (U54 CA153460), the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and the Siteman Cancer Center. PECaD receives additional funding for specific programs and projects.