INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
2101 CONSTITUTION AVENUE, N.W. WASHINGTON, D.C. 20418

Committee on Cancer Research Among Minorities and the Medically Underserved

Phone: (202) 334-1755 Fax: (202) 334-1385 Internet: bsmedley@nas.edu

May 21, 1998

Dear Colleague:

On behalf of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Cancer Research Among Minorities and the Medically Underserved, I am writing to you to solicit your input for this critically important report. You have been identified as an individual who has expertise in issues related to the study committee's charge, which are:

  • to review the status of cancer research relative to minorities and the medically underserved at the various institutes, centers and divisions of NIH to evaluate the relative share of resources allocated to cancer in minority and medically underserved populations (including a review of the NIH's ability to prioritize its cancer research agenda for minorities and the medically underserved and the role of minority scientists in decision making on research priorities);
  • to examine how well research results are communicated and applied to cancer prevention and treatment programs for minorities and the medically underserved and the adequacy of understanding of survivorship issues that uniquely impact on minority and medically underserved communities; and,
  • to assess the adequacy of NIH procedures for equitable recruitment and retention of minorities and the medically underserved in clinical trials.

The committee will also be asked to make recommendations on an annual reporting mechanism on the status of cancer research among minorities and the medically underserved at the NIH.

We seek your input into any and all of the areas outlined in the charge above, but more specifically, we would like to receive your opinion on specific topic areas in the attached questionnaire.

We would be grateful to receive your input on or before June 10, 1998, so that the committee may review this information at its next meeting. Please mail the questionnaire to us at the mailing address listed at the bottom of the questionnaire, or fax it to us at (202) 334-1385. Please return it to the attention of Brian Smedley, Ph.D., Study Director. Please do not include identifying information on the questionnaire. Committee staff will work to



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement