The Together-Equitable-Accessible-Meaningful (TEAM) education program aims to improve the productivity of patient-provider interactions to promote equitable, accessible and patient-centered care that results in better health outcomes for those impacted by cancer.

The Institute for Patient-Centered Initiatives and Health Equity at the GW Cancer Center will educate patients and caregivers impacted by breast and other cancers to identify providers who are culturally sensitive, improve their health literacy and advocate for themselves and their loved ones in shared decision-making. We will also train health care clinicians, administrators and other professionals to support patient engagement, enhance patient-provider communication and engage in culturally sensitive practices. At the core of our approach is intersectionality, as individuals who identify with more than one vulnerable group (minority race/ethnicity, minority sexual orientation or gender identity, low income, etc.) may be at elevated risk for poor health outcomes.

We are currently recruiting diverse cancer patients/survivors to share their stories.

Share Your Story

Researchers at the George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center are looking for people to participate in focus groups and interviews about their cancer care experience. Sometimes, patients have different experiences trying to get cancer care because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or other aspects of who they are. Researchers at the GW Cancer Center want to find ways to help cancer doctors, nurses, navigators, caregivers and patients communicate well so that all patients have good care.

What cancer survivors tell us during focus groups and interviews will help us understand more about patients’ communication and shared decision-making with their care team. It will also help us understand what we should put in education materials for patients and trainings for health care providers. Participation includes a 90 minute focus group or 60 to 90 minute interview over the phone.

We are looking for patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 18 or older
  • Received care for a cancer diagnosis in the United States
  • Identify as female, transgender or genderqueer
  • Identify as being from a minority group (race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or resident of a rural area)

What to Expect:

When you call, you will be asked questions to see if you are eligible and available to participate in the focus group. This will take about 10 minutes. If you are eligible, you will be asked if you want to participate in a 90 minute focus group about your cancer care experience and ideas for improvement. You will receive a $50 Amazon gift card if you complete the focus group.

Want to learn more? Call the GW Cancer Center at (202) 823-3376 or email

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Study Information

  • Principle Investigator: Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA
  • Study Title: TEAM Training for Patients and Providers: Advancing Equitable, Patient-Centered Cancer Care
  • This research is being funded by the Pfizer Foundation
  • This study has been reviewed and approved by the Office of Human Research at the George Washington University (Study #101646). They can be contacted at (202) 994-2715.

Program Support

This work is funded by the Pfizer Foundation from 2016-2018.