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“There is still a disproportionate cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality among minorities, persons of low socioeconomic status in the United States, its associated territories and our Tribal Nations. Health inequities and health disparities suffered by these communities have been documented through many published reports including the tobacco crisis in America.  There is still a critical need to develop knowledge and strategies to address this crisis with the leadership and full participation of the affected communities.  The Intercultural Cancer Council will continue to provide a multicultural forum to address, discuss and demonstrate the importance and promotion of the issues of cancer and chronic diseases that impact our communities.” –

Pamela M. Jackson, MS

Executive Director,

Intercultural Cancer Council

Baylor College of Medicine

OVAC, Wednesday, Dec. 7th, 2016 21st Century Cures Passes the Senate.  The Senate has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a vote of 94-5!
Of specific relevance to OVAC, the bill includes $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institute of Health, including $1.8 billion for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.  ICC-Caucus

Updated by:  PNassi 01/16/2017

New, Wed. Jan. 13th, 2016 OVAC
DRAFT OVAC Letter to NIH Director Re: 21st Century Cures Moonshot Funding was signed on by the Caucus.ICC-Caucus

NEW! Job Announcement, Thursday, Dec. 8th, 2016 Culture of Health Leaders Reviewer Job Description

The Culture of Health Leaders National Program Center is seeking application reviewers to assist in the selection of the 2017 cohort. Applications will be reviewed in multiple rounds from mid-February through April using the program’s online application and review system. 
Reviewers must have an understanding of equity issues, as well as knowledge of the social determinants of health, cross-sector work and leadership development principles. 
Reviewers will be required to participate in a training webinar on February 7, 2017 and must commit to a minimum of 40 reviews (approximately 20 hours over two weeks). Individuals selected to participate in the review process will be paid $25-35 for each submitted review, based on the review round.  Selected reviewers will be notified by February 1. Submit resumes to cgulattt@nationalcollaborative.org by January 23Employment Opportunities

OVAC, Dec. 8th, 2016 The House has passed the FY17 Continuing Resolution (CR) which funds the federal government through April 28, 2017 by a vote of 326-96. The bill maintains FY16 funding levels for most federal agencies, with a nominal (0.2 percent) across-the-board cut to comply with statutory budget caps. Most notably for OVAC, the CR includes the FY17 funding from the 21st Century Cures Act. The CR now moves to the Senate where it will be voted on as early as tomorrow.

“The ICC is about solving national cancer issues with representation from all Americans. It cannot be defined as either an entity composed of grassroots organizations or categorized as mainstream, but as an American organization whose members are the fabric of which this nation is comprised. It is more of a fine salad than a melting pot.” –

Lovell A. Jones, PhD

Intercultural Cancer Council

Associate Dean for Research
Prairie View A & M University College of Nursing

New, Wed. Jan. 11th, 2016 OVAC
A letter to the Hill regarding Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) was signed on by the CaucusICC-Caucus

Who are we?

The Intercultural Cancer Council and Caucus

OVAC, Thursday, Oct. 4th, 2016

We have signed onto The American Academy of Dermatology Association's letter.  ICC-Caucus

“The Intercultural Cancer Council’s motto ‘Speaking with One Voice’ embodies the power of uniting a diverse and representative membership to raise issues, propose solutions and, most importantly, to effect change that benefits all regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or geography. Finding leadership from the communities where cancer health disparities exist, the ICC is committed to returning to those leaders, their organizations and their communities, the skills, resources and programs that offer solutions to
our call to action.” –

Armin D. Weinberg, PhD

Intercultural Cancer Council
Baylor College of Medicine

Our Motto: Speaking With One Voice

Op-ed: "Medicare cuts would scorch patientsWritten by Armin for many reasons & for the many family, friends & colleagues who have, are, & will face the need for access to the best advice & best drugs possible.  

Moonshot Update: The Report IS OUT  Moonshot here...

Our Mission : The Intercultural Cancer Council promotes policies, programs, partnerships, and research to eliminate the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.