Deep South Network for Cancer Control

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The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has long been recognized as a leader in community outreach, most notably for its work in increasing education and awareness of cancer in minority and underserved populations.  To meet the needs of the African American community and other medically underserved communities; leading universities and national health organizations came together to form the Deep South Network for Cancer Control.  In this unique collaboration, health professionals and specialists, local leaders, skilled researchers and community volunteers from Alabama and Mississippi share one mission: to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community based participatory education, training and research.

Cancer is not an equal-opportunity disease. Cancer rates are 10 percent higher among African Americans than Caucasians, and death rates are double those of Caucasians. While the cause of these statistics is still unknown, many minorities must face this great burden without the resources they need.  To meet the needs of the African-American community, leading universities and national health organizations have come together to form the Deep South Network for Cancer Control. In this unique collaboration, health professionals and specialists, local leaders, skilled researchers and community volunteers from Alabama and Mississippi share one mission: to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research.

Through its partnership with local community leaders and other academic institutions, the Cancer Center is leading the way in reducing health disparities among minorities. The Deep South Network received its initial funding as a Special Populations Network in 2000.  The program was able to receive continued funding in 2005 as a Community Network Program.  The most recent funding cycle of the Deep South Network is through a U54, five-year Cooperative Research Agreement as a Community Network Program Center (CNPC) Grant.

The current grant is comprised of four cores: administrative, community outreach, training core and research.

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Click here to learn more about the Community Health Advisors and Community Health Advisors Trained as Research Partners Programs.

 

 

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The DSN project is one of 25 Cancer Network Programs funded by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

A National Cancer Institute Funded Program of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant No-U01 CA 1146190.

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