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.
The G/BMaP Principal Investigators by region follow below:
- Region 1/2
GMaP: Margaret Hargreaves - Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
BMaP: Lori Erby - Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Region 3
GMaP: Edward Partridge & Isabel Scarinci - University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
BMaP: Cathy Meade - H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
GMaP Optional Activity: Walter Curran - Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Region 4
GMaP: Amelie Ramirez - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
BMaP: Mary O'Connell - New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
- Region 5
GMaP: J. Robert Beck, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
BMaP: Steven Rosen, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL GMaP Optional Activity: David Cella - Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
GMaP Optional Activity: Melissa Simon - Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
- Region 6
GMaP: Beti Thompson - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
BMaP: Liz Klonoff - San Diego State University Research Foundation, San Diego, CA
Click here to view posters describing the G/BMaP projects.