A problem of social injustice pg. 5
Well the problem of cancer, first of all, is that it’s much more complex. It’s not one disease; it’s more than 100 diseases…
Also,… the war… was fought as though it were only a research war… (We) put more money into the research community, which was great, but… (paid) no attention to funding access to care, for example. No attention. That got worse over this same period in many ways…
I think that war needs to be fought the way it was declared; it had some good outcomes with respect to research. But at the same time we need to fight a guerilla war in the neighborhoods of America where people live and too often die… We have to do things for real people who have real problems… At any given time we must apply what we know to all people irrespective of their ability to pay.
The approach to disparities certainly requires the biomedical community to do its part, (to) teach us how to understand how disparities are driven from a biomedical perspective. But it quickly gets outside of that, because people live in communities where they behave in different ways and they have different levels of access.
We have to shift the war into not only biomedical science solutions but also social science solutions as well as equity solutions that have to do with social justice, and even take it into the level of civil and human rights.
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