Special Population Network

A collaboration between UAB, University of Southern Mississippi, Tuskegee University, The University of Alabama, and Jackson State. The Specific Aims of this proposal were to:

  1. Develop new and enhance existing community infrastructures to promote cancer awareness among African-Americans in the Deep South utilizing the CHA model and coalition building. Completed by utilizing the CHA model through the identification and recruitment of 883 CHARPs.
  2. Establish a Deep South Network for Cancer Control for the initial purpose of linking academic institutions and investigators, and to serve as the formal structure for accomplishing Specific Aims 3-7. Completed by implementing 4 DSN Institutes in 5 years.
  3. Utilize the Deep South Network for Cancer Control to link the academic/clinical infrastructure to the community-based infrastructure developed through the CHA model and coalition building.
  4. Establish a formal Minority Investigator Training Program utilizing the resources identified and developed through the Deep South Network for Cancer Control. Completed with 32 scholars.
  5. Promote African-American participation in existing and future clinical trials utilizing the resources and linkages established as part of the Deep South Institute for Cancer Control. Completed by participating in PLCO, SELECT, and others.
  6. Plan and institute collaborative developmental research projects utilizing the resources and linkages established in the Deep South Network for Cancer Control. Completed with 13 pilot projects.
  7. Develop through the resources and linkages of the Deep South Institute for Cancer Control. Collaborative investigator-initiated grants competitive for extramural funding.