Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE)
Initiated in 2001, Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE), formerly known as the Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP), is a program that enables institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CCs) to train scientists from diverse backgrounds in cancer research and to effectively deliver cancer advances to underserved communities. PACHE training awards are awarded to institutions, not to individuals. If you are interested in more information, contact the principal investigators listed in the PACHE Project Listing.
What PACHE Does
The PACHE Program is designed to:
- Increase the participation of the institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) in cancer research and research training.
- Increase the involvement and effectiveness of NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CCs) in developing effective research, education, and outreach programs to encourage diversity among competitive researchers and reduce cancer health disparities.
These partnerships foster and support intensive collaborations to develop stronger cancer programs aimed at understanding the reasons behind significant cancer health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.
The PACHE program charges participating ISUPS and NCI-designated Cancer Centers to combine their different levels of expertise and experience in a “true partnership” for mutual benefit. These partnerships are expected to achieve the following general objectives:
- Increase the participation of institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students in the nation’s cancer research and research training enterprise.
- Produce more competitive grant applications from underrepresented scientists.
- Increase competitive research capacity at institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students.
- Increase involvement and effectiveness of cancer centers in research and training related to underserved populations.
- Develop more effective research, outreach, and education programs that will have an impact on underserved health disparity populations.
- Enhance research in cancer health disparities at cancer centers.
The PACHE grant targets four areas: cancer research, cancer training, cancer outreach, and cancer education. The first three target areas are required, while cancer education is optional. Some PACHE partnerships that focus on cancer education fund NON community health educators (CHEs) to conduct outreach activities that target specific communities. The program supports pilot and/or full projects/programs for a maximum period of three years, after which they are expected to compete for "traditional" NIH/NCI peer-reviewed grants.
PACHE is linked to other CRCHD programs through the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP).
PACHE training awards are awarded to institutions, not to individuals. If you are interested in more information, contact the principal investigators listed in the PACHE Project Listing.
PACHE Funding Mechanisms/Opportunities
The PACHE establishes its partnerships through two different mechanisms: the Feasibility Studies for Collaborative Interaction for Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (P20), and the Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (U54).
The P20 mechanism is designed to facilitate the planning and implementation of focused collaborations in one or more of the target areas of cancer-related research, training, career development, education, and/or outreach. It supports feasibility studies to assist researchers and faculties at institutions targeting underserved populations establish collaborative partnerships with the researchers and faculty of cancer centers (or other institutions with highly organized, integrated research efforts focused on cancer). Preliminary data from these studies can be used in the submission of specific competitive grant applications for support by NCI and/or other sources of peer-reviewed funding.
The U54 mechanism is designed for institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and NCI-designated Cancer Centers. Eligible institutions must have conducted considerable prior planning and evaluation through the U56 mechanism and are ready to implement or have implemented their partnerships in inter-institutional cancer research projects, cancer training, outreach, and education. Learn more about PACHE opportunities for institutions.