GMaP Region 6

The Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP), a program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has seven regions engaging more than 1,200 disparities researchers, diversity trainees, and community health educators. GMap is a systematic and comprehensive strategy for building region-based hubs that are networks for support and efficient management of cancer and cancer health disparities (CHD) research, training, and infrastructure.

GMaP Region 6 offers enhanced access to these and other career development resources:

  • Funding opportunities
  • Mentoring connections
  • Job openings
  • Networking opportunities
  • Informational webinars
  • Training navigation

PathMaker Research Program

Huntsman Cancer Institute houses the PathMaker Cancer Research Program for students from backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, PathMaker offers summer and academic year research experiences to support students' careers in biomedical research and the health professions. Eligible students include those who have completed their junior year of high school through current undergraduates.

Rural Community Health Educators

Community Health Educators (CHEs) are individuals with experience in these areas:

  • Communications
  • Comprehensive cancer control
  • Training, program planning, and evaluation

They are embedded into National Outreach Network (NON) program sites around the country. CHE efforts expand HCI’s Community Outreach and Prevention Education (COPE) program. The CHE addresses health disparities in four rural health districts in Utah:

  • Tooele
  • Tri-County
  • Central
  • Southeastern

American Indian Program

The American Indian Program (AIP) is designed to meet the cancer education, screening, and care needs of Native Americans. It is built on respect for Native American culture and tradition and on heartfelt concern for the high number of cancer deaths among Native American people. The program provides information about cancer risk, warning signs, and screening though these means:

  • Public health events
  • Brochures
  • Classes
  • Radio messages

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Meet Our Team


Kolawole S. Okuyemi, MD, MPH
HCI Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Andrew K. Langi
Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion