Online Program

Integrating a community steering committee (CSC) into a national cancer institute (NCI) inter-institutional academic partnership

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Emily Malin, MSW, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
David Cella, Ph.D., Department of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago
Moira Stuart, Ph.D, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Marian Gidea, Ph.D., Mathematics, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Shaan Trotter, MS, Northwestern University, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chicago, IL
Tammi Dobbins, BS, Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Background: Northwestern University's Comprehensive Cancer Center and Northeastern Illinois University (the only four-year public institution in the Midwest designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution), are building a partnership to address the cancer disparities that exist throughout Chicago. This collaborative aims to facilitate opportunities for skills training, education, and mentorship amongst faculty and students; build capacity for inter-institutional cancer disparities research projects; and build a pipeline of underrepresented students interested in pursuing careers in health fields. To bridge these efforts to the community the partnership built a Community Steering Committee (CSC). Methods: Both academic institutions identified community partners aligned with the mission, vision and goals of the collaborative. The newly formed CSC includes the following members: a breast cancer survivor, the manager of health systems and epidemiology at the American Cancer Society IL Chapter, the executive director of the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition, and a Chicago public health professional. Results: CSC members meet with the investigative team bi-monthly to process: the partnership's iterative evaluations of curricula gaps; programming targeting capacity for community-engaged research; and student and faculty education and career development. The CSC members advise the partnership on ways to engage underrepresented students and faculty members, and evaluate the community engagement component of research projects. Conclusion: The partnership leverages strengths of the private research-intensive institution, with those of the public minority serving teaching-intensive institution, and the community expertise of the CSC. The CSC assures that all of the partnership's research, training and education ventures are connected and meaningful to the community.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Explain the process of an inter-institutional academic partnership forming a Community Steering Committee. Identify the Community Steering Committee’s key members and roles within the partnership. Summarize how the Community Steering Committee has influenced the partnership's cancer disparities research, education and training efforts.

Keyword(s): Community Collaboration, Health Disparities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am one the Principal Investigators on this P20 grant. In my faculty appointment as the Vice Chair of Clinical and Policy Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Associate Professor at Northwestern University in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Social Sciences, and Preventive Medicine, my research integrates social epidemiology principles with health services and health behavior intervention studies to reduce health disparities through community-based participatory action research (CBPR) approaches.
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.