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National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III: Community Networks Program

Project Description

Building on established community partnerships, the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III: Community Networks Program (NBLIC III: CNP) at the Morehouse School of Medicine1 will utilize its core infrastructure of 4 regional research offices and 45 volunteer community coalitions in 30 states to address the disconnect between delivery systems and community-based participatory education, research, and training in the African-American community. Junior and mid-level academic researchers will be recruited via consortium institutions, clinical partners, and health professions based in Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Both academic and community researchers will be provided Technical Assistance Workshops through online and regional training opportunities in areas related to grantsmanship. Community observational studies and intervention trials will focus on those cancer sites with greatest disparities in screening rates and morbidity/mortality. Baseline cancer screening practices will be obtained in each research community to present to policy/decision makers for measuring success in eliminating cancer disparities. Cancer education activities will build on the programs developed by the NBLIC II project.

  1. The Morehouse School of Medicine is a Historically Black institution established to recruit and train minority and other students as physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health care professionals committed to the primary health care needs of the underserved. The Morehouse School of Medicine was created to train students for careers as primary care physicians to work in medically underserved areas among minority and poor populations.
Updated: 07/23/09