About Summit 08

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) invites you to participate in the Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2008, to be held July 14–16 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland. The overall theme for this year’s Summit is Eliminating Cancer Health Disparities Through Science, Training, and Community. Cancer Health Disparities 2008 (Summit 08) will highlight the science of the programs and grantees funded through the CRCHD. The CRCHD is central to NCI’s efforts to reduce the unequal burden of cancer in our society and to train the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research. Summit 08 will share evidence-based prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship interventions from the Community Networks Program (CNP), Minority Institution and Cancer Center Partnerships (MICCP), and Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP).

Summit 08 is now combined with the Professional Development Workshop to showcase scientific efforts in diversifying the cancer health disparities training pipeline. Summit 08 will provide grant-writing basics, components to build a successful research career, and a mock review session for the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program, comprising the Supplements to Promote Diversity, the NRSA F31 Fellowship, and the Career Development (K) Awards. The mock review panel will provide participants a real glimpse at the internal review process. Two junior investigator poster competitions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

The Summit 08 format will include plenary and concurrent panels, skill-building workshops, poster competitions, a mock review session, and programmatic meetings. Various sessions will also showcase available NCI resources and concepts under development to support new community and clinical interventions.

This year we are using an abstract submission process to develop an interactive agenda comprising oral presentations (plenary and concurrent), poster competitions, and roundtable discussions. Each program site under the CNP, PNRP, and MICCP is required to submit at least one abstract for oral presentation that may be accepted for plenary or concurrent sessions. Supported junior investigators are required to submit abstracts for an oral presentation or the poster competition. Please note that the poster competition is only for junior investigators and is optional; non-supported CURE awardees who do not wish to submit for the poster competition or oral presentation may choose to submit for the abstract book only.

We encourage community partners and patient navigators to submit abstracts for roundtable discussions. The roundtables will share lessons learned, best practices, accomplishments, challenges, and recommendations related to their participation in research programs.

Summit 08 outcomes will continue to help us share important lessons learned and recommendations with leadership and further guide our research activities. Our final products will include a report underscoring the value added by supporting CRCHD programs.


Enhance mutually beneficial interactions among CRCHD programs by sharing scientific knowledge, encouraging junior investigators, and broadening community participation.


  • To highlight scientific achievements across CRCHD research and training programs.
  • To enhance networking opportunities among colleagues and senior investigators representing cancer and cancer health disparities programs.
  • To familiarize junior investigators with critical components of a successful research proposal and the application review process through participation in a mock review session.
  • To empower community partners to educate scientists and others about culturally-appropriate strategies needed to sustain and increase community involvement in research.


Summit 08 will serve as a venue for a wide range of audience members from across cancer-related health disparities programs and research backgrounds including principal investigators, program staff, health care professionals, community partners, project staff, civic leads, junior investigators, and federal staff.

Participating Programs

National Cancer Institute

Community Networks Program

The Community Networks Program (CNP) is designed to reach communities and populations that experience a disproportionate share of the cancer burden, including African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives and other Pacific Islanders, Asians, Hispanics/Latinos, and underserved rural populations. The overall goal of the program is to significantly improve access to and utilization of beneficial cancer interventions and treatments in communities experiencing cancer health disparities in order to reduce these disparities.

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences

The Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program is a strategic approach for training a diverse generation of competitive cancer researchers. This approach builds on the success of the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity and strategically addresses each level of the biomedical research and educational pipeline to increase the pool of racially, ethnically, and underserved individuals; emphasizes scientific areas of greatest need; and expands and extends the period of training and career development. Funding mechanisms offered through the CRCHD CURE program include the Supplement to Promote Diversity, the NRSA F31 Fellowship, and the Career Development (K) Awards.

Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership Program

Through planning activities dedicated to developing stable, long-term, comprehensive partnerships that are mutually beneficial to MSIs and NCI Cancer Centers, the objectives of the Minority Institution/ Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP) program are to increase the participation of MSIs in the nation's cancer research and research training enterprise; to increase the involvement and effectiveness of the Cancer Centers in research and research training and career development related to minorities; and to develop more effective research, education, and outreach programs that will have an impact on minority populations. http://minorityopportunities.nci.nih.gov/index.html

Patient Navigation Research Program

The overall goal of the Patient Navigation Research Program is to develop effective interventions to reduce cancer health disparities by facilitating timely, continuous access to quality, standard cancer care for all Americans. Patient navigation for cancer care represents a new approach to providing individualized assistance to patients, survivors, and families. Navigation spans the period from cancer-related abnormal findings through diagnostic testing to completion of cancer treatment. Patient navigators are trained, culturally sensitive, health care workers who help individuals address patient access barriers to quality, standard cancer care.

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