Disparities Workgroup

Cancer affects all populations, but not all populations equally. Cancer health disparities are adverse differences between certain population groups in cancer measures such as incidence (higher rates of new diagnosis), mortality (deaths), survivorship and after-cancer treatment, burden of cancer or health-related conditions, screening rates and stage at diagnosis.

Populations groups can be characterized by gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity, geographic location, income, education and other socioeconomic factors.

Not all Pennsylvanians have equal access to cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship services. Pennsylvania is a large state with a diverse population and diverse geography (rural and urban). Based on Pennsylvania cancer and survey statistics, the PA CCCP and PCC have prioritized the following population groups: males, black males, black females and Pennsylvanians living in rural communities.

Mission: Reduce disparities in the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Plan’s implementation activities to address availability, accessibility, affordability and accommodation of health care across all individuals affected by cancer.

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In addition, The PCC’s Men’s Health Workgroup, Disparities Subcommittee, and Policy Subcommittee have compiled data and continue to disseminate the information so that organizations can work together to address inequities in Black men’s health.

The Disparities Subcommittee collaborates with Men’s Health Workgroup and Policy Subcommittee.

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For questions or inquiries, contact
Charnita Zeigler-Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Evelyn Gonzalez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For questions or to get involved, please email the Disparities co-chairs or the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Department of Health at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line “Health Equity/Disparities.”