The Global Culture and Communication (C&C) Program strives to support the cure of childhood cancer globally with culturally appropriate approaches to research, education and community engagement.
The program seeks to empower pediatric hematology-oncology clinicians to work with families and communities to establish trust, improve communication and provide empathetic and culturally sensitive care.
C&C works toward its goals through the following efforts:
- Education. C&C offers evidence-based methods of approaching care with inclusive consideration of how perception, belief and knowledge affect patient- and family-centered pediatric cancer care.
- Research. C&C seeks to identify barriers to treatment adherence and patient-centered communication that may inform the care of children with cancer worldwide.
- Interventions. Through community engagement, C&C works with research sites to develop community-based, culturally appropriate interventions to increase patient-centered care and team capacity.
- Network. C&C engages communities to connect leaders and learners toward embracing the unique cultural differences that professionals in pediatric oncology face, propelling a collaborative approach to care.
Dylan Graetz, MD, MPH
Director, Culture and Communication Program
Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty
Shayla Lawrence, MPH
Project Coordinator, Culture and Communication Program