Rural communities, hospitals and clinics across the country are charged with the heavy responsibility of caring for patients with higher than average death rates for cancer compared to their urban counterparts. There are many attributed barriers which contribute to this disparity and the National Institute of Health’ Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences is dedicating resources to learning more about these disparities and how to address them. The Division’s Rural Cancer Control center funds cancer centers for some focus on rural research and other resources. Information on these projects and links to those centers are available here: https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/research-emphasis/rural.html
Thank you to Dr. Sobha Srinvasan, Health Disparities Research Coordinator, for reaching out to State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders to ensure these resources are available.