Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TB-CCN): A Model for Reducing Health Disparities
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute1 at the University of South Florida, in collaboration with local community-based health centers, social service agencies, faith-based groups, grassroots organizations, adult education and literacy groups, and local media, has formed the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TB-CCN) to address critical disparities in access to cancer care, prevention, and control that affect medically underserved, low-literacy, and low-income populations in selected areas of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. This ethnically diverse area is home to a growing number of foreign-born populations. The Network draws on the strengths of the Cancer Center's existing community and academic partnerships and its experience in developing innovative education and training programs that examine the nexus of culture and literacy across the continuum of cancer care.
- H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida is a private, not-for-profit institution whose mission is focused entirely on cancer care, research, education, and prevention. The Center serves more than 6,200 adult inpatients and more that 195,000 outpatients annually. It maintains a variety of research programs, a comprehensive cancer screening program, and an active community health education division.