Racial and ethnic health disparities undermine our communities and our health care system. As we navigate the historically unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, we know communities of color are disproportionally impacted. City of Hope is addressing this issue head-on through collaborations and research to ensure communities of color are appropriately represented in medical research, clinical trials, and precision medicine. The Dine In For Health Justice Campaign is an opportunity to increase awareness and fundraising for this critical initiative. A series of dinner parties held on September 27th to raise awareness and provide funding for cancer and diabetes research, specifically impacting communities of color.
The Health Justice for All group at City of Hope was formed to address health disparities in communities of color. Comprised of community leaders and volunteer champions, the group works closely with City of Hope researchers, doctors, scientists and staff.
People of Color have the highest death rates and shortest survival rates for most cancers. Compared to white adults, People of Color are 80% more likely to have been diagnosed with diabetes. They are 4.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for lower limb amputations, and twice as likely to die from diabetes. Given those staggering health disparities, the Health Justice for All group at City of Hope is working to bring awareness and access to health services, including screenings, clinical trials and the benefits of medical research directly to communities of color.