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CNP Centers Activities

CNP Centers perform three key activities: Outreach, Research and Training.

How do CNP Centers engage in Outreach?

  • Indentify the community's needs and resources
  • Develop (in partnership with the communities involved) appropriately-tailored and culturally-sensitive educational materials/activities
  • Enhance the development and delivery of health promotion and educational activities
  • Revise procedures to assess the impact of the outreach activities
  • Implement plans to improve health literacy and patient-provider communication
  • Produce an outline of strategies to monitor the impact of any educational materials and efforts on the targeted communities

These outreach activities are conducted mainly by trained Community Health Educators (CHEs), who have experience in communications, comprehensive cancer control, training, program planning, and evaluation.

What kind of research do CNP Centers undertake?

CNP Centers perform two research projects, both of which employ Community-Based Participatory Research as their methodology.

  • A Full Research Project, based on a needs assessment or pilot study, to increase the use of biomedical or behavioral procedures to reduce cancer load.
  • A Pilot Educational Research Project, where a new/early stage investigator is mentored by a more established researcher. This project focuses on promoting the role of racial/ethnic and/or underserved population in research—particularly related to clinical trials and bio-banking.
Both projects are developed in collaboration with the CNP Centers' community partners. This ensures that the project's outcomes will be relevant and useful to the community.

What about training?

CNP Centers engage in training primarily through the pilot educational project. All CNP Centers also commit to mentoring postdoctoral, new, and early-stage investigators. This mentorship helps build a critical mass of scientists focused on health disparities research who have both in-depth scientific expertise and skills in CBPR.

Updated: 05/22/13