The UI Cancer Center is partnering with Governors State University on a $1.5 million National Cancer Institute initiative, the GUIDE Project, which will prepare college students and junior faculty for careers in cancer disparities research by equipping them with the skills and abilities to respond to the rapidly-changing landscape of health inequities in Chicago’s south side and growing south suburban and rural communities.
Located 35 miles south of Chicago, Governors State University is situated at the intersection of city neighborhoods, suburban villages, and rural towns. It is also less than a 30-minute drive from rural communities like Kankakee and Joliet, as well as northwestern Indiana.
The highest rates of cancer in the Chicago area has shifted from the city to its suburbs. But many suburbs do not possess the infrastructure of robust academic and research cancer centers, or the specialized expertise among their faculty, to address the growing disparities that exist within their local communities. That’s why we’ve built partnerships with Governors State University and other institutions.
“Partnering with the UI Cancer Center will increase the capacity of GSU to serve as a center of health disparities research in a community that is disproportionately affected by cancer,” said Dr. Rupert Evans, chair and program director of health administration at Governors State and co-principal investigator on the grant. “It will also build our faculty’s ability to pursue larger federal grants for projects that will address high cancer rates and mortality in the Southland community.”