The Maryland Regional Community Network Program To Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities (MRCN)
The Maryland Regional Community Network (MRCN) Program to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities builds upon two existing Networks: the NCI-supported Maryland Special Populations Network and the Tobacco Settlement-funded Statewide Health Network. The intended population includes a variety of underserved groups, including African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Appalachian, and rural communities and individuals with low socioeconomic status.
Regional partners, working in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine1, will focus on five geographic regions of the state, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and a statewide Native American contract for Maryland indigenous tribes and tribes that have migrated to the state. The Network will develop a robust and sustainable community-based infrastructure that fosters enhanced community capacity; conducts culturally relevant and appropriate community-based participatory research; applies research findings by implementing evidence-based community education and outreach programs; develops culturally sensitive training programs; and leverages additional resources to support MRCN research and outreach activities.
- The University of Maryland at Baltimore is the state's public academic health and law university devoted to professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. The university educates leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, social services, and the law and conducts research to cure disease and to improve the health and social functioning of the people it serves.