200741 Strategic partnering to deliver cancer services to underserved communities

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM

Lora Ann Bray, BS, CCRP , Graduate School of Public Health-Center for Minority Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Evelyn T. Gonzalez, MA , Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA
Mary A. Garza, PhD, MPH , Graduate School of Public Health, Center for Minority Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Linda Fleisher, MPH , Health Communications and Health Disparities, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Cheltenham, PA
Stephen B. Thomas, PhD , Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences & Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
The NCI's Atlantic Region Cancer Information Service (CIS) and the Center for Minority Health in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh (CMH) formalized an academic/governmental partnership in 2003 to address the cancer burden in Western Pennsylvania. In this region, African American men and women have some of the highest breast and colorectal cancer mortality rates in the state. Eliminating cancer health disparities is a shared goal for CMH and CIS. To ensure a mutually beneficial partnership, a regional strategic plan was created to guide program development, implementation, and evaluation of partnerships. This session will cover the many programmatic and institutional strategies and benefits for developing a partnership of this kind. Institutionally, both organizations were able to maximize and leverage resources to address community health disparities while using cost sharing measures to reduce fiduciary burden. The strength of this relationship allows both organizations to be more regionally responsive to the cancer burden. CIS and CMH were able to emphasize organizational capacity building throughout Western PA to increase the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based cancer control programs. Successful partnership outcomes include the dissemination of NCI resources at CMH programs/events; CIS-provided training on NCI's Using What Works program to CMH partners resulting in secured grant funding to adapt and implement evidence-based programs; and CIS and CMH jointly provided training on the evidence-based program Body & Soul which has resulted in 17 churches throughout the region implementing this program to improve health outcomes within African American faith-based organizations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the structure, benefits and results of an academic and governmental partnership to improve community health. 2. Access and leverage NCI resources to support regional cancer programming efforts.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the NCI CIS Partnership Program Coordinator in Western PA responsible for promoting and providing training to partners on various NCI evidence-based programs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.