Health Equity


Breast cancer risk variants identified for women of African ancestry

A study led by researchers from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center sheds light on some of the genetic variants that make breast cancer more deadly for women of African ancestry and significantly reduces the disparity in knowledge for assessing their genomic risk factors.

VUMC honored for health care equality efforts 

VUMC is the only organization in Tennessee to repeatedly be recognized for its commitment to adopting adult LGBTQ-inclusive patient, visitation and employment policies. 

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Poverty tops smoking as a major death risk: study

A Vanderbilt study found that Black and white people who earned less than $15,000 a year died, on average, more than 10 years earlier than those whose annual income exceeded $50,000.

Homelessness a major issue for many patients in the emergency department

Unstable housing and homelessness can exacerbate adverse health outcomes, leading to increased risk of chronic disease, injury, and disability. Yet, emergency departments currently do not have a universal method to identify those at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness.

Discovery Lecturer Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, is an internationally known advocate for equity and justice in medicine and public health. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Discovery lecturer examines race and racism in health care

At her recent Discovery Lecture, Vanessa Northington Gamble, MD, PhD, described the deeply flawed yet lingering concept in American medicine that ascribes racial disparities in health status to inherent biological differences, rather than to environmental and sociological factors.

Ray Blind, PhD

Ray Blind named associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Ray Blind, PhD, Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research, has been named associate director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

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