About Summit 07

Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2007 (Summit 07) allows us the opportunity to build on last year’s meeting, which outlined a wide range of recommendations to guide programs despite programmatic challenges and budget constraints. Summit 07 will focus on the next steps of developing strategies to implement those recommendations, including promoting synergy, developing research concepts, and strengthening research platforms. This year we are happy to continue our collaboration with the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) and welcome a new partner, National Center on Research Resources (NCRR).

The Summit 07 program will feature highlights of grantees in defined regions that have implemented successful program strategies and share accomplishments and challenges across several cross-cutting themes:

We hope to be able to bridge programs by encompassing a regional approach and performing a preliminary overall assessment of the currently funded portfolio of participating large-scale cancer health disparities programs. Summit 07 will segment programs into four regions to address the five cross-cutting themes.

We deeply value Summit participants’ input in this process. We hope this process will allow programs to enhance their comprehensive approaches in:

The outcomes from this year’s meeting will continue to help us share important lessons learned and recommendations with leadership across the participating ICs and programs and to further guide our research activities. Our final products will include the Summit 07 final report and the development of 3–5-year Cancer Health Disparities Summit strategic plan.


Facilitate basic, clinical, social/behavioral, and community-based participatory research collaborations within defined geographic regions across cancer health disparities research, training, education, and outreach programs.

Examine the status of currently funded cancer health disparities related programs by identifying research and infrastructure needs, gaps analysis, areas of strength, and next steps.

Identify critical elements required to develop and sustain regional capacity-building approaches.


To capture program snapshots of lessons learned and strategies used to overcome roadblocks in meeting research aims.

To engage programs’ buy-in and insight in developing comprehensive geographic strategies to eliminate cancer health disparities.

To develop tangible and comprehensive expectations of programs to increase collaborations and share resources.


Summit 07 will serve as a venue for a wide range of audience members from across cancer-related health disparities programs and research backgrounds including researchers, health care professionals, community partners, program managers, project staff, civic leads, junior investigators, and federal staff.

Planning Committee and Participating Programs


Tarsha McCrae, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Shelia McClure, Division of Research Infrastructure, NCRR

Francisco Sy, Community-Based Participatory Research, NCMHD

Planning Committee Members

Jamelle Banks, Office of Science Planning and Assessment, NCI

Dionne Burt, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Kenneth Chu, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Leslie Cooper, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Roland Garcia, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

James Hadley, Office of Liaison Activities, NCI

Kimberly Henderson, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Belinda Locke, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Francis Mahaney, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI

Sonja Roberson, Division of Extramural Activities, NCI

Shoba Srinivasan, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI

Fred Taylor, Division of Research Infrastructure, NCRR

Mary Ann Van Duyn, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI

Rosemary Wong, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, NCI

Participating Programs

National Cancer Institute

Cancer Disparities Research Partnership Program

The National Cancer Institute's Cooperative Planning Grant for Cancer Disparities Research Partnership Program (CDRP) issued by the Radiation Research Program is an effort to strengthen the National Cancer Program by developing models to reduce significant negative consequences of cancer disparities seen in certain U.S. populations. The Program supports the planning, development, and conduct of radiation oncology clinical trials in institutions that care for a disproportionate number of medically underserved, low-income, ethnic and minority populations but have not been traditionally involved in NCI-sponsored research. In addition, CDRP supports the planning, development, and implementation of nurturing partnerships between applicant institutions and committed and experienced institutions actively involved in NCI-sponsored cancer research.

Cancer Information Service

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the Nation’s lead agency for cancer research, established the Cancer Information Service (CIS) in 1975 to educate people about cancer prevention, risk factors, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and research. The CIS is an essential part of NCI’s cancer prevention and control efforts.

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.

Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program

The Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) will (1) provide support for expanding clinical research in minority community settings; (2) bring the advantages of state-of-the-art treatment and cancer prevention and control research to minority individuals in their own communities; (3) increase the involvement of primary health care providers and other specialists in cancer prevention and control studies; (4) establish an operational base for extending cancer prevention and control and reducing cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality in minority populations; and (5) examine selected issues in Minority-Based CCOP performance (e.g., patient recruitment, accrual, eligibility).

Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership

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.

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.

National Center for Research Resources

Research Centers in Minority Institutions

The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program enhances the research capacity and infrastructure at minority colleges and universities that offer doctorates in health sciences. To be eligible to apply for the RCMI grants, graduate institutions must have one or more underrepresented minority groups that comprise 50 percent or more of their student body representation. RCMI support is provided by the NCRR Division of Research Infrastructure (DRI) and provides funding to recruit established and promising researchers, acquire advanced instrumentation, modify laboratories for competitive research, fund core research facilities, and support other research. Because many investigators at RCMI institutions study diseases that disproportionately affect minorities, NCRR support serves the dual purpose of bringing more minority scientists into mainstream research and enhancing studies of minority health.

Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program

The Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program broadens the geographic distribution of NIH funding for biomedical and behavioral research. The program fosters health-related research and enhances the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states where the aggregate success rate for applications to NIH has historically been low. Supported by the NCRR Division of Research Infrastructure (DRI), IDeA increases competitiveness of investigators through support for faculty development and enhancement of the research infrastructure at institutions located in the currently eligible 23 states and Puerto Rico.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Community-Based Participatory Research Program

The goal of this program is to support community intervention research studies using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles and methods to reduce and eliminate health disparities in any disease or condition of major concern to the community with emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities. This initiative has three phases: a 3-year research planning grant, a competitive 5-year intervention research grant, and a 3-year dissemination research grant.

Centers of Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT)

The program aims to build research capacity at designated institutions enrolling a significant number of students from health disparity populations and to promote participation and training in biomedical and behavioral research among health disparity populations.