Deep South Network for Cancer Control
The Deep South Network at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center1 aims 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 the reduction and elimination of cancer disparities. Guided by a Logic Model linking program inputs and activities to program outcomes, the specific program objectives are to: (1) refine the Network's organizational structure and multidisciplinary staffing; (2) enhance established relationships with national, state, and local partners and with underserved communities; (3) continue established partnerships with NCI/NIH Divisions and establish new relationships as opportunities arise; (4) increase the Network's capacity to identify and specifically target populations of women unscreened for breast and cervical cancer and establish the capacity to increase awareness in colorectal cancer and demonstrate increased participation in breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations; (5) obtain non-NCI funding and extramural funding for community-based participatory education and training activities; (6) develop, implement, and evaluate a multilevel, community-based participatory research and education program; (7) develop and implement pilot research projects; (8) establish a formal career development and training program; and (9) disseminate evidence-based information for reducing disparities to decision and policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.
- The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a comprehensive urban university. The UAB Academic Medical Center comprises six schools: Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Health-Related Professions, Optometry, and Public Health. As one of only two medical schools in the state, the UAB Medical Center has become the state's principal tertiary care center.