248564 An Evaluation of the NCI-Community Networks Program a Multi-site Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative to Address Cancer Health Disparities (2005-2010)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lynn Disney, PhD, JD, MPH , Evaluation Research, CSR, Incorporated, Arlington, VA
John Foster-Bey, MPA, MBA , Evaluation Research, CSR, Incorporated, Arlington, VA
Marcia Wipperman , CSR Incorporated, Arlington, VA
Tiffani Jeffries , Evaluation Research, CSR, Inc., Arlington, VA
Timothy Willis, PhD , CSR, Incorporated, Arlington, VA
Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH , Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Rockville, MD
Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality have been well-documented in underserved, racial and ethnic populations. While the reasons for these disparities are varied and often poorly understood, in 2006, the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) established the Community Networks Program (CNP) in order to learn more about reducing these disparities. Twenty-five (25) cancer research institutions were funded for five years (the “grantees”) to develop partnerships between cancer researchers and communities experiencing disparities through this new program. The CNP program focused on four (4) cancer sites: breast and cervical cancer in women, prostate cancer in men, and colorectal cancer and four (4) risk reduction areas: cigarette smoking, nutrition, physical activity and hepatitis B vaccination. The goals of the CNP were to use the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to: 1) form sustainable community-researcher partnerships, 2) increase the utilization of beneficial cancer health interventions, 3) train new researchers in CBPR and cancer health disparities research, and, 4) disseminate research findings through peer-reviewed academic publications. The investigators developed a three-phase evaluation strategy which incorporated CBPR principles to evaluate these programs. The grantee data were collected using a Web-based data collection instrument. This evaluation has shown than CBPR can influence the desired goals of forming partnerships, increasing beneficial cancer interventions, training new researchers and disseminating findings. More importantly, the grantees are able to sustain these efforts beyond the term of the CNP funding.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
1. To evaluate the effectiveness of CBPR implementation in cancer health disparities. 2. To describe a CBPR program in cancer health disparities.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have done considerable work on data analysis, and writing up reports.
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.