African-Americans experience the highest mortality rates associated with most cancer (breast, lung, prostate, etc.) deaths despite decreases in morbidity rates for all other racial and ethnic groups. Health disparities are closely related to underlying socioeconomic inequalities and have been linked to racial differences among cancer mortality which presents major challenges across the entire spectrum of cancer prevention, early detection, and access to high quality care for disadvantage and underrepresented groups.
The overall goal and objective of the COE CRTCS Center is to develop innovative cancer research (breast and lung) utilizing an interdisciplinary and synergistic approach toward addressing some of the most significant health consequences in minority and socioeconomic disadvantaged populations.
The specific aims of the COE CRTCS are to:
- Develop detailed innovative research plans that address specific cancer (breast and lung) health issues which disproportionately impact African-American;
- Develop a research team conducting cancer research;
- Train minority PhD graduate students in health disparities research affecting disadvantage and minority populations;
- Increase the number of minority scientists engaged in biomedical and behavioral research;
- Establish and enhance community outreach and information dissemination activities that will increase prevention efforts and foster early detection towards reducing breast cancer in African-American women (Leon and Gadsden County, Florida);
- Establish and expand partnerships with community engagement/outreach organizations toward addressing and conducting minority health and other health disparities issues; and
- Position Florida A&M University to become a prominent Institution of Higher Education in biomedical and behavioral research addressing minority health disparities. The major aims of the CRTCS Center are to promote minority health and aid in the elimination of health disparities as it relates to breast and lung cancer among minorities.
Center of Excellence for Cancer Research, Training and Community Service
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Vanessa J Moore, Project Coordinator
Phone: 850.599.3278 or 850.599.3304