COC Projects & Activities

The following are projects and activities sponsored and supported by the COC and its partners:

AIM 1:  Convene a Community Advisory Board to facilitate input into MVCTP activities and research, and to promote community stakeholder awareness of the MVTCP.

  • Convened MVTCP Community Advisory Board (CAB) in 2011 with more than 12 community-based organizations/agencies represented.  The CAB includes a Teen and Parent (TAP) committee added in 2013 to engage with the HPV vaccine pilot project.
  • Has maintained the United Nashville Partners Against Cancer (UN-PAC) List-serve since 2007.  More info on listserv.

AIM 2:  Support community-engaged research projects related to cancer prevention and minority participation in clinical trials.

  • The COC supports a pilot study of a social marketing intervention to increase HPV vaccine and other pre-teen vaccines among African American girls and boys, led by Hull, Sanderson and Williams (2011-2014). See the project’s website: get3shots.org
  • The COC provides support for an epidemiological study to develop a breast cancer risk assessment model for African American women, led by Sanderson, Zheng and Shen-Miller (2011-2014). Input has included reviewing and suggesting modifications to recruitment materials to increase overall participation, especially in DNA collection portion of study
  • In 2013 COC hosted two community-wide Community Based Participatory Research/Community Based Participatory Marketing trainings on health-related social marketing, including a training session taught by expert Dr. Carol Bryant, University of South Florida
  • The COC has developed 6 training modules on: cancer clinical trials recruitment; social marketing; benefits of medical research for communities; effective cross-cultural communication; cultural competency; and cross-cultural interactions with diverse groups.  Three (3) modules were developed in collaboration with Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR)-CERC
  • A former TSU MPH student, Brea Bond, who was trained as a COC graduate assistant is now employed by Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center working on another NCI-funded HPV vaccine study with COC investigators.
  • In 2012-2013, the COC trained a high school student intern, Melenka Reed, through Vanderbilt School of Science and Math.
  • In 2014, the COC trained a Tennessee Cancer Coalition intern, Tarrian Joy, from Middle Tennessee State University, as part of her B.S. in Community and Public Health degree.

AIM 3: Advance a research agenda to test culturally-appropriate outreach strategies through community-engaged intervention studies.

  • The COC conducted the Hispanic Health in Nashville 2007 Survey. This needs assessment led to a pilot study of a social marketing intervention to increase HPV vaccination in Hispanic girls, led by Hull and Sanderson (2009-2011).
    See press release by AACR  http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/535517/
    See article: Hull, P, Canedo, JR, Reece, MC, et al., (2010). Using a Participatory Research Process to Address Disproportionate Hispanic Cancer Burden.   http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_health_care_for_the_poor_and_underserved/v021/21.1A.hull.html
  • The COC led the recruitment of MVTCP-supported faculty researcher, Rebecca Selove, PhD, to further enhance community-engaged, behavioral research focused on cancer at TSU and in the Partnership.
  • The COC is currently supporting the development of four grant proposals for community-engaged research on cancer-related topics with African American and/or Hispanic communities.

AIM 4: Contribute to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outreach Network on a coordinated agenda to identify, develop, and disseminate health promotion and cancer education information.

  • The COC participates in NCI’s National Outreach Network (http://crchd.cancer.gov/inp/non-overview.html)
  • Provides cancer education and outreach through hosting two weekly health programs on Fisk University’s Jazzy 88 FM (WFSK) (www.wfskfm.org) and La Nueva Activa WNVL (1240 AM) (www.activa1240.com) Nashville radio stations. Both stations stream globally to listening audiences of 40-70K. Between 2012-2013, 172 hours of health education information was disseminated (including cancer) through hour-long program episodes, featuring  >10 Vanderbilt and Meharry investigators