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Rutgers: Develops Cancer Health Justice Lab in Newark

The Rutgers School of Public Health Cancer Health Justice Lab (CHJL) has launched a series of educational programming on cancer information, prevention, and treatment.

Run by Dr. Pamela Valera, assistant professor of Urban-Global Public Health, and students, the multidisciplinary research lab is committed to addressing the inequity of cancer prevention resources and practices in underserved communities.

“CHJL works to encourage equal distribution and utilization of health resources through education and information sharing, promoting lifestyle changes, and strong partnerships with the community,” says Dr. Valera.

The mission of CHJL is to make cancer education accessible to medically underserved populations facing disparities due to socioeconomic, immigration, or insurance status, as well as, criminal record, race, age, and sex.

One of CHJL’s main resources, Cancer 101, is a series of animated videos that were produced to help medically underserved populations improve their trust with the medical care system and promote health.

The CHJL website also features a cancer treatment center locator, which assists users in finding the care that they need.

“The cancer treatment locator tool is a huge resource for individuals who can’t travel to access care,” says Mr. Nicholas Acuna, an MPH student at the School and a research assistant at CHJL.

CHJL is also led by Dr. Joachim Sackey, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Health Professions, returning citizens, and collaborators from other universities.

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