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Community-Based Participant Engagement and Translation Core

The Community-Based Participant Engagement and Translation (CPET) Core is a developing resource aimed at improving cancer prevention and control in Maryland by increasing the number of participants in clinical and community-based studies. Enrollment of racial/ethnic minorities into clinical trials is vitally important to reducing health disparities and achieving health equity because of the disproportionate burden of cancer and other chronic diseases in this vitally important segment of the U.S. population. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the state of Maryland, and Baltimore City has the second highest mortality rate for all cancers. The Kimmel Cancer Center Cancer Prevention and Control Program has a large portfolio of research on prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers—the major cancers that disproportionately affect African-Americans in Maryland. To effectively test and disseminate prevention strategies in high-risk communities, the Core has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research—a multidisciplinary academic unit that is co-sponsored by the School of Medicine, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and ProHealth, the Johns Hopkins community-based clinical research unit.

Lawrence Appel, M.D., M.P.H.

Resource Co-Director