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Community Research Programs

Community Research Programs led by the Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities include:

COACH (evaluating Coaches of Older Adults cancer Care and Healthy behaviors)
This clinical trial assesses the effectiveness of trained, participant-designated coaches, supported by a resource nurse, vs. professionally-based navigators. This innovative approach minimizes the effect of mistrust of the medical establishment on screening behaviors by mobilizing participants’ own social support system.  If our studies find this model to be effective and cost-efficient, it could have considerable impact on health care disparities research across multiple diseases.

Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials is focused on improving the health of minorities diagnosed with cancer.  The goal is to research and understand the reasons African Americans diagnosed with cancer do not participate in clinical trials; reduce barriers that prevent minorities from enrolling in clinical trials; and make cancer clinical trials more available to minority patients. African Americans age 18 or older, who have been diagnosed with breast, colon, lung, or prostate cancer within the last five years and are being treated at Johns Hopkins or have been offered participation in a clinical trial, may call 443-287-5181 or email for more information.

The Howard-Hopkins Partnership
The partnership between Howard University Cancer Center and the Kimmel Cancer Center is dedicated to building a strong national cancer program to address the significant disparity in cancer rates and survival in minority populations. The partnership is funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP) program.

The Howard Hopkins Partnership also includes Longviews, a gathering of scientist from both institutions. Its mission is to further education, science and understanding of racial disparities in cancer through meaningful exchanges and effective collaborations.  It provides important support to racial disparities researchers and practitioner researchers through community-based feedback.

The Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund (CRF) at Johns Hopkins
The Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund was established in 1999 by the Governor and General Assembly.  In 2000, legislation was passed providing Johns Hopkins grants for cancer research and community based prevention, education, and screening programs for minorities and underserved citizens of Maryland.


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