Our vision is to develop a program to address cancer related health disparities from transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. Our priority will mirror the strategic plan of the institution and promote disease-focused transdisciplinary and population-based prevention and intervention studies that link expert researchers from multiple disciplines. In this program, we will promote the integration of cancer biology and oncology and its treatment with community outreach and engagement using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in order to improve cancer prevention, intervention and outcomes. This vision recognizes the role of community involvement in taking a hands-on role in their overall health to reduce cancer related disparities among at-risk communities.
Our partners include the UAMS College of Public Health, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Cancer Coalition, Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Cancer Councils, Community Partners, Mississippi County Enterprise Community (Jackie Burton, Elroy Brown), East Arkansas Enterprise Community Inc. (Robert Cole), Ashley County Cares (Donna Shields), Region 2 B/GMap Moffitt (Cathy Meade), University of Maryland School of Medicine (Claudia Baquet), University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Philander Smith College, Shorter College, Arkansas Baptist College, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Columbia University, University of Alabama, Kansas University Medical Center, Georgia Southern University, Mount Sinai University, University of Georgia, Community Advisory Board, Practice Based Research Network American Cancer Society, Local Health Departments, and Minority Serving Universities/Institutions.