HBCUs [historically black colleges and universities] including 1890 institutions.

Develop an advisory board on addressing research needs of minority and medically underserved communities.

4. Community members and community-based researchers should be partners in research priority setting.

Hold focus groups with community leaders, primary care doctors, and research scientists to review current priorities with the needs of the community.

Include members from target populations in committees which discuss and decide priorities.

5. Research issues for minority and underserved populations must be integrated into a national cancer research agenda.

NIH must take a national approach in funding and develop cancer research in minority and medically underserved communities. This approach must be a part of NIH's national agenda and must be aimed toward the reduction of cancer in these populations.

6. Define special populations research more adequately.

Much more critical assessment of the nature of 'underserved' and the extent to which minorities are underserved.

Improve the definition of 'minority' and 'medically underserved' communities. Or better, eliminate the term 'minority' as pejorative, and define better the target populations.

Do not make race or ethnic background an issue. These have become political issues, and these cloud public and medical judgment.

Any work with American Indians needs to be regionalized to accommodate the differences among tribes. Most of the work [of NCI] has been focused on Southwestern tribes, and their characteristics are very different from [those of] East Coast, Northwest, Plains Indians, etc.



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