The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II)

The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) is a regional cancer network aimed at reducing prostate, breast and colorectal cancer disparities among adult African Americans in North Carolina. CCN II combines the strengths of the community with resources and research expertise at UNC to reduce cancer disparities through education, research and training.

Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CCN II is comprised of a Research Program, Community Outreach Program, Training Program and Administrative Core.

The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) is supported by the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities through its Community Network Program Centers (U54-CA153602)

 
The Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) welcomes NIH-defined new or early-stage researchers to apply for small-scale, time-limited pilot research grants that address cancer health disparities. The mission of the Carolina Community Network Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CCN II) is to reduce breast, prostate and colorectal cancers among African American adults in North Carolina by leveraging long-standing university-community relationships. Pilot projects should be completed within 12 months and have the potential to lead to a larger federal or foundation grant application. Projects that utilize some of the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) are encouraged.

CBPR - Community-Based Participatory Research: Practical Tools and Structures Dates: Monday and Tuesday, July 28 & 29 Location: The Carolina Inn Instructors: Geni Eng, Melvin Jackson, Alexandra Lightfoot, Jennifer Schaal



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