Collaboration between Seattle Children’s and community partners led by a farmworkers clinic in the Yakima Valley is improving cancer outcomes for children in non–English-speaking families who are more likely to miss out on lifesaving care. Growing evidence points to a strong connection between socioeconomic status and cancer survival rates in the United States, according to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report.

“We have these vulnerable populations for whom our care systems have not been designed,” says Dr. Kira Bona, a pediatric oncologist and researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a partner of Harvard Medical School. “The opportunities to improve (cancer) outcomes, by targeting the mechanisms by which poverty is associated with outcomes, are really low-hanging fruit for our field.”

Read “Efforts to improve cancer treatment for children in the agricultural Yakima Valley may offer lessons for other parts of the U.S.,” in U.S. News & World Report, Sept. 5, 2019.