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Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program

What is the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP)?

GMaP, developed with American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) administrative supplements, is a systematic and comprehensive approach to facilitating collaboration, cooperation, information- and resource-sharing, and capacity-building among cancer health disparities researchers, trainees, outreach workers, and organizations, with the key goal of advancing cancer health disparities research and training.

In order to build these bridges, six regional networks or "hubs" were developed that link CRCHD's four flagship programs — the Community Networks Program (CNP), the Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE), the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE), and the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP).




The program is a conscious paradigm shift from a siloed- to a partner-based approach to the study of cancer health disparities, using multidisciplinary and transorganizational team science. Leveraging the strengths of people, programs, and resources within and across regions enables greater access to research participants from underrepresented communities and tissue collection from disparate populations. Access to comprehensive cancer centers also offers training and research opportunities, which help grow the talent pool of investigators, including those from underrepresented populations, skilled in cancer health disparities.

GMaP is one of two programs within the Integrated Networks Program (INP) that focus on connecting at-risk and underrepresented communities with NCI research, training, and outreach efforts, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the biological and social causes of cancer health disparities.


  • GMaP Goals and Electives

    Find goals and electives of the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program.



Below are the GMaP Principal Investigators (PIs) and Regional Coordinators (RCs) by region:

  • REGION 1/2
    PI: James Hebert - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Co-PI: Adrian Dobs - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    Co-PI: Mark Dignan - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • RC: Julia Houston - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    RC: Ashleigh DeFries - Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
    RC: Mark Cromo - University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY


  • REGION 3
    PI: Olveen Carrasquillo - University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
    Co-PI: Erin Kobetz - University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
  • RC: Dorothy Parker - University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
    RC: Deidre Campbell - University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL


  • REGION 4
    PI: Amelie Ramirez - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
    PC*: Kipling Gallion - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • RC: Rose Trevino - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX


  • REGION 5
    PI: Richard Fisher - Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
    PC*: Linda Fleisher - Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • RC: Carrie Norbeck - Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA


  • REGION 6
    PI: Beti Thompson - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
  • RC: Heidi Harbach - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA


*PC = Program Coordinator

Click here to view posters describing the G/BMaP projects.


Updated: 10/16/14