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



The 5th Annual SPEECH Conference was held in-person on May 18, 2023 at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA! 


Summer Cancer Research Institute (SCRI): June 10 – August 2, 2024

The SCRI program is an 8-week intensive summer program supported by the National Cancer Institute U54 grants (CA221704 and CA221705; Contact PIs: Drs. Ma and Erblich) to Temple University/Fox Chase Cancer Center and Hunter College. Undergraduate and Graduate students interested in pursuing biomedical, clinical & population-based cancer research are welcome to apply. We encourage applications from students of all backgrounds, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds.


The latest edition of the Research Education Core Newsletter for September 2023 has been published. To read more about the accomplishments of our mentors and trainees, and to find our Newsletter Archives, click here!

Recent News

To Reduce Cancer Disparities, Walk the Talk, Like SPEECH – Temple University, Lewis Katz School of Medicine Report, May 2023

SPEECH Conference Highlights Multiplicity of Ongoing Efforts in Cancer Care Equity – Onclive, May 2023

Camille Ragin, UWI public health expert among winners of global team science award – Caribbean National Weekly, May 2023

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Congratulations to our SPEECH trainees who received awards for the Best Poster Award at The 5th Annual SPEECH Conference held in person on May 18, 2023, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA!

  • Madeline Bono                          
  • Thoin Begum                  
  • Rusia Lee
  • Jason Wasserman
  • Annie Fuller
  • Mashhura Nurilloeva
  • Nisha Manahil  

Community-Based Organization Award Recipients

  • Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH)
  • Voces Latinas
  • Pennsylvania United Chinese Coalition (PUCCI)
  • Puerto Rican Unity for Progress (PRUP)
  • Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc. (GPHA)