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Community Engagement & Health Equity, Prevention & Control

One team, one fight: community members help drive Massey’s research on disparities in cancer screening and care

Apr 13, 2021

Ruth Staton spoke with conviction as she described her first years practicing nursing in Richmond. It was the early 1970’s, and the racial divide was evident in her interactions with both patients and physicians at the hospital. “They weren’t used to having a Black woman on that floor,” Staton remem...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Support your doctor on National Doctors' Day

Mar 29, 2021

Your doctor is more than a caregiver. At VCU Massey Cancer Center, our doctors are champions, confidants and, through challenging times, heroes. National Doctors’ Day honors physicians across the U.S. for their dedication to their patients and commitment to improving health. Cancer does not stop fo...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

‘An opportunity to do something bigger than me’

Mar 19, 2021

Two women, one Black and one white: Though the white woman has a higher lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the Black woman has a 41% greater risk of dying from the disease. Two neighborhoods in Richmond, Virginia: In one, 5% of individuals live below the poverty line; in the other,...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey breast cancer patient embraces the power of positivity

Feb 25, 2021

“Positivity is a powerful tool,” says Farrah Massenburg, a fun-loving wife and mother, current Massey breast cancer patient and this year’s special guest at the 2021 Women & Wellness webinar to benefit women’s cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center. Massenburg’s favorite quote is “Use your powe...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

First Lady Jill Biden visits Massey to discuss cancer disparities and community engaged research

Feb 24, 2021

Jill Biden, Ed.D., the First Lady of the United States, met with scientists, doctors and community leaders at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center on Wednesday to learn how they are working together to address cancer disparities. “Cancer is so personal to me. In our lifetime, the p...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

National Cancer Institute leader discusses COVID-19 and cancer in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

Jan 20, 2021

On Friday, January 15, Norman (“Ned”) Sharpless, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute, joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on COVID-19 and cancer. During the public session, Sharpless discussed a variety of issues, including racial disparities in COVID-19 and cancer ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Leading COVID-19 expert Dr. Anthony Fauci discusses the COVID vaccine in Massey’s “Facts and Faith Fridays”

Jan 06, 2021

On Friday, January 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the nation’s leading experts on COVID-19 joined "Facts and Faith Fridays" for a virtual discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine. This Zoom Webinar was co-sponsored by The Governor’s O...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey awarded grant focused on addressing systemic race-related barriers that contribute to disparities in care among Black men and women with cancer

Nov 24, 2020

VCU Massey Cancer Center was one of 10 national awardees selected to receive a grant from the American Cancer Society and Pfizer to address systemic race-related barriers and disparities in the delivery of care that impact outcomes across all cancer types. The grants, funded by Pfizer Global Medical...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

How community-engaged cancer centers could change the future of cancer care

Oct 30, 2020

The last half-century has seen a wide range of cutting-edge advances in cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. However, access to these cancer breakthroughs has not been equal. Robert Winn, M.D., director of VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been working hard to broaden acc...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Jose Trevino named chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Massey surgeon in chief

Oct 29, 2020

Jose G. Trevino, M.D., FACS, has been appointed chair of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the VCU School of Medicine and surgeon in chief at VCU Massey Cancer Center. He will also hold the Walter Lawrence, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Oncology at Massey and will be an associate professor in t...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Masey Ross named medical director of clinical research affiliations

Oct 20, 2020

Masey Ross, M.D., M.S., has been appointed medical director of clinical research affiliations at VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU School of Medicine. She is also the medical director of Massey’s Integrative Health Program and an assistant professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Palliat...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey director identifies genetic factor that could explain high rate of COVID-19 among African Americans

Oct 05, 2020

VCU Massey Cancer Center Director Robert Winn, M.D., recently collaborated on research that identified a genetic factor that could partly account for the high prevalence of COVID-19 in African Americans. The study, published in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, could have clinical...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey director Dr. Robert Winn part of AACR Congressional briefing on cancer disparities

Sep 16, 2020

Today, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) released its inaugural Cancer Disparities Progress Report, which outlines the enormous toll that cancer exacts on racial and ethnic minorities and other underserved populations, highlights areas of progress in reducing these disparities and p...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey researchers expand statewide health disparities study to include COVID-19

Jul 31, 2020

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center are adding to an expansive study called Together for Health – Virginia to better understand how residents in our state have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program can be accessed through a mobile app available at the Apple App Store or Google Play...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Getting the facts about COVID-19 to the African-American faith community

Jun 15, 2020

Even though he was just appointed director of VCU Massey Cancer Center in December, Robert Winn, M.D., already has become an asset to the African-American faith community in Richmond. The moment Winn realized that timely and accurate information about COVID-19 was not getting out to area churches, h...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, COVID-19

‘A pandemic within a pandemic’: COVID-19, protests shine a spotlight on inequity

Jun 12, 2020

Amid worldwide protests over systemic racism, a Richmond-area congresswoman, Virginia’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, and the director of VCU Massey Cancer Center hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday to discuss the disproportionate ways that minority communities have been affected b...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Virginia residents asked to partner in research to reduce cancer disparities

Feb 03, 2020

VCU Massey Cancer Center is asking local citizens to partner in cancer research designed to identify and address health needs in their own communities. The project called Together for Health – Virginia is a comprehensive health assessment program designed to better understand how social and behavior...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Lung cancer and health disparities expert named director of VCU Massey Cancer Center

Oct 25, 2019

Robert Winn, M.D., has been named director of Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. Winn, an expert in lung cancer and community-based health care, will start at VCU on December 2. Winn comes to VCU from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he has served as director of the Un...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Rural upbringing ignites passion for helping underserved cancer patient populations

Oct 07, 2019

Born and raised in rural North Carolina, VCU doctoral candidate Bonny Morris, MSPH, RN, knows first-hand the challenges that patients in rural communities face in accessing cancer care.  Morris, who is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in social and behavioral sciences at the Department of Health...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey leading statewide survey to improve cancer prevention and curb health disparities among Virginians

Sep 10, 2019

Researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have designed a comprehensive health assessment survey to better understand how patterns in social, behavioral and environmental factors can inform improved health care practices and services for all Virginians. The project, titled ‘Together for Health – Virgi...

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