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Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research

Our Mission

Within the Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) strives t o facilitate transformative research and foster an education environment aimed at improving cancer health equity among underrepresented cancer patients in our local community.

CHEER Directors

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James Murphy, MD, MS

CHEER Co-Director

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Brent Rose, MD

CHEER Co-Director

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Matthew Banegas, PhD

CHEER Co-Director




Featured Research Projects

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Clinical outcomes in African American men with prostate cancer. This retrospective cohort study of 8726 men with low - risk prostate cancer found that African American men who underwent active surveillance suffered an increased risk of disease progression and definit ive treatment compared with non - Hispanic White men, but did not experience increased mortality. Published in JAMA.

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Pay‐for‐performance reimbursement. This nationwide research project found that hospitals caring for uninsured or underinsured individuals could potentially receive lower reimbursement under current pay - for - performance reimbursement models. This could potentially increase health disparities among at - risk patients with cancer. Published in Cancer.

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Clinic - based Intervention for Financial Hardship CAFÉ. This ongoing NIH funded project assesses a clinic - based inter vention to address financial hardship for people with cancer using a randomized, stepped wedge trial designed to test the novel Cancer Financial Experience (CAFÉ) intervention. This study represents one of the first trials of an intervention focused on mit igating financial hardship specific to cancer patients.



Featured Research Education Initiatives

OPTIMUS program. The Outreach Program To Inspire Minority and Underrepresented Students ( OPTIMUS ) represents a summer cancer research fellowship for underrepresented high school students in San Diego. Students accepted into the program will work in cancer research labs, shadow physicians in clinic, and participate in community outreach efforts. Overall, the OPTIMUS program strives to help position our young students to become future leaders in clinical cancer care and cancer research.

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Contact

Email us at CHEER@health.ucsd.edu.