The Synergistic Partnership for Enhancing Equity in Cancer Health

(SPEECH) is a comprehensive regional cancer health disparity partnership between Temple University/Fox Chase Cancer Center and Hunter College (TUFCCC/HC), the U54 grant funded by the National Cancer Institute. The purpose of SPEECH is to reduce cancer health disparities among underserved minority populations in Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York City (PNN) region, through cancer disparities research, community outreach, and career development for underrepresented early stage investigators and students.

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Targeted Geographic Areas

New Jersey
New York City

Target Populations

Underserved African Americans
Asian Pacific Americans
Hispanic Americans

Partnership Cores

Planning and Evaluation
Research Education
Community Outreach
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Research Projects



  • Program Steering Committee (PSC) Meeting at Hunter College of CUNY: May 13 and May 14, 2020
  • 2nd SPEECH Regional Cancer Health Disparity Conference | May 14, 2020.  Program to be announced.
    Hunter College of the City University of New York | 695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065

SPEECH Programs

  • Summer Cancer Research Institute (SCRI): Program dates for 2020 to be determined.  Check back soon.
    • Temple University Student Application
    • Hunter College Student Application

SPEECH Newsletter

  • View the Research Education Core Summer 2019 Newsletter HERE
  • View the Research Education Core Spring 2019 Newsletter HERE
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Two SPEECH trainees received awards at the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 held between March 29th-April 3rd in Atlanta, GA

  • Mentee: Michelle Naidoo – AACR GMAP Region Four Travel Award & AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award (Mentor: Dr. Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi)
  • Cristina Zambrano – AACR GMAP Region Four Travel Award (Mentor: Dr. Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi)

Two SPEECH trainees received the Scholar-in-Training Awards at the AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, held between November 2-5 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

  • Mentee: Michelle Naidoo, PhD Student, Hunter College of CUNY (Mentor: Dr. Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi)
  • Mentee: Gargi Pal, PhD, Postdoctoral Trainee, Hunter College of CUNY (Mentor: Dr. Olorunseun O. Ogunwobi)

Dr. Grace X. Ma featured in NIMHD’s social campaign to honor history makers in minority health and health disparities (MHHD) research during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month – FacebookLinkedinTwitter Posts

Making Progress: First SPEECH Conference Held at TempleTemple Health News Digest – JULY 2019

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