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The University of Chicago

Race, Ethnicity, and Breast Cancer: Health Equity Panel Equity Training

The University of Chicago via Independent


This activity was included in a series of workshops as part of a quality improvement program “Leading the Way: Improving Breast Cancer Disparities for Minority Patients in Chicago.” Led by Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP, this initiative is studying the effectiveness of targeted interventions in improving breast cancer care for African American women treated in Cook County. In this panel discussion and workshop, experts from the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Illinois Cancer Center discuss structural racism and disparities faced by women receiving breast cancer care. Discussion is centered around strategies to address these disparities. The experts are also joined by patient advocates sharing their personal experience and how providers can provide support. Educational Partner: ACHL Sponsored by: The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Chicago Center for Continuing Medical Education, University of Illinois Chicago Cancer Center and their Chicago Cancer Screening and Testing Access Coalition (CCSTAC), and the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL). Commercial Support: Support for this activity has been provided through educational grants from Daiichi Sankyo and Astra Zeneca.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Outline factors that contribute to cultural competence in health;
  • List strategies to improve cultural competence and reduce health disparities;
  • Discuss the roles of healthcare providers, families, and communities in supporting racially diverse women with breast cancer.


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