Deep South Network for Cancer Control
The overall purpose of the Deep South Network is to build on an established community and institutional capacity in order to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research. The goals of the Deep South Network are to improve access to and utilization of proven beneficial cancer interventions and to develop a cadre of well-trained researchers who will continue to address reduction/elimination of cancer disparities. These goals will be accomplished based upon concepts encompassed by community-based participatory research and will be guided by a multilevel approach that will address individuals, organizational systems, and agents of change. The Network will be guided by the Logic Model of evaluation of process, impact, and outcome that links program inputs and activities to program outcomes and, ultimately, to the main goals of the project. These goals will be accomplished in three phases, with appropriate evaluation. The first phase will begin immediately and consist of increasing capacity to support community-based education, research, and training. This phase will consist of three stages (Expansion of the Deep South Network, capacity building, and needs/assets assessment). In Phase II, community-based participatory research, education, and training programs will be developed and implemented and accomplished in two stages (development of the community action plan, and implementation of the community action plan). The third phase, which will be implemented following appropriate development of Phases I and II, will focus on establishment of credibility and sustainability of the Deep South Network and will be accomplished in the final stage: dissemination/sustainability.
The specific aims are as follows: (1) refine current organizational structure and multidisciplinary staff; (2) enhance our established relationships with existing national, state, and local partners; (3) enhance our established partnerships with underserved communities; (4) continue established partnerships with NCI/NIH Divisions and establish new relationships as opportunities arise; (5) increase our capacity to identify and specifically target populations of women unscreened for breast and cervical cancer and establish capacity to increase awareness in colorectal cancer; (6) obtain non-CRCHD funding for community-based participatory education and training activities; (7) develop, implement, and evaluate a multilevel community-based participatory research and education program that focuses on systems, agents of change, and individuals in order to reduce cancer health disparities; (8) develop and implement pilot research projects funded via competitive or administrative supplements from CRCHD; (9) establish a formal career development and training program; (10) demonstrate increased participation in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations; (11) obtain extramural funding; and (12) disseminate and specifically provide evidence-based information for reducing disparities to decision and policy makers at the local, state, and national level.