The Community Networks Program aimed to reduce and eliminate cancer disparities through community-based research, education, and training. Its goal is to significantly improve access to and use of beneficial cancer interventions in communities experiencing disparities. To achieve this goal, CNP worked closely with multiple community agencies and organizations to develop and implement effective ways to reduce cancer health disparities.
The Patient Navigation Research Program aimed to tackle the problem of health disparities through a multi-site institution approach. PNRP's overall aim is to decrease the time between cancer-related abnormal findings, definitive diagnosis, and delivery of quality standard cancer care. To achieve this goal the CRCHD charged nine academic research institutions with developing innovative patient navigator interventions to reduce or eliminate cancer health disparities and test their efficacy and cost effectiveness.
The overall goal of the Patient Navigator Programs (PNP) was to develop effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities by facilitating timely, continuous access to quality, standard cancer care for all Americans.
Launched in April 2000, the Special Populations Networks (SPN) program awarded 18 five-year cooperative agreements designed to reach major racial/ethnic minority populations, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as other underserved populations. The goal of the SPN program was to build robust and sustainable infrastructures within minority and underserved communities to promote cancer awareness, and to foster community-based research and training of minority junior researchers in prevention and cancer control research. This program ended in March 2005.