Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE)

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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:

  1. Increase the participation of institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students in the nation’s cancer research and research training enterprise.
  2. Produce more competitive grant applications from underrepresented scientists.
  3. Increase competitive research capacity at institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students.
  4. Increase involvement and effectiveness of cancer centers in research and training related to underserved populations.
  5. Develop more effective research, outreach, and education programs that will have an impact on underserved health disparity populations.
  6. 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).

P20

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.

U54

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.

CPACHE U54 Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants

Project Listing

Partnership & LocationPrincipal Investigators
U54
University of Arizona Cancer Center and Northern Arizona University
Tucson, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
  • David Alberts
  • Jani Ingram

Tuskegee University, University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine
Tuskegee, AL
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA

  • Roberta Troy
  • Uppender Manne
  • James Lillard

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and New Mexico State University
Seattle, WA
Las Cruces, NM

  • Beti Thompson
  • Mary O'Connell

Tenneesee State University, Meharry Medical College, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, TN

  • Baqar Hussaini
  • Samuel Adunyah
  • Harold Moses

University of California, Los Angeles Jonsson Cancer Center and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Los Angeles, CA

  • Robin Farias-Eisner
  • Jaydutt Vadgama

University of Massachusetts Boston and Dana-Farber/Harvard University Cancer Research Institute
Boston, MA

  • Adan Colon-Carmona
  • Vish Viswanath

North Carolina Central University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, NC
Chapel Hill, NC

  • Micheler Richardson
  • Shelton Earp

Ponce School of Medicine and Public Health and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Tampa, FL

  • Jaime Matta
  • Teresita Munoz-Antonia

University of Puerto Rico Cancer Center, Medical Sciences Campus and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Houston, TX

  • Marcia Cruz-Correa
  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and City College of New York
New York, NY

  • Tim Alan Ahles
  • Karen Hubbard

Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, and University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

  • Christina Ciecierski
  • Melissa Andrea Simon
  • Robert Andrew Winn

University of Hawaii Cancer Center and University of Guam
Honolulu, HI
Mangilao, Guam

  • Neal Palafox
  • Robert Underwood

San Diego State University and University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center
San Diego, CA
La Jolla, CA

  • Elva Arredondo
  • Maria Elena Martinez
P20

University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University
Birmingham, AL
Montgomery, AL

  • Upender Manne
  • Manoj Mishra

City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

  • Christine Sheffer
  • Jamie Ostroff

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and University of Florida
Tallahassee, FL
Gainesville, FL

  • Romonia Reams
  • Folakemi Odedina

Howard University and Johns Hopkins University
Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD

  • Xiaowu Pang
  • Tzyy-Choou Wu

University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

  • Kay Robbins
  • Robin Leach

Chicago State University and University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

  • Thomas Britt
  • Karen Kim

University of California, Irvine and California State University, Fullerton
Irvine, CA
Fullerton, CA

  • Allan Hubbell
  • Sora Tanjasiri

Washington University in St. Louis and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO
Springfield, IL

  • Graham Colditz
  • Laurent Brard

Governors State University and University of Illinois at Chicago
University Park, IL
Chicago, IL

  • Catherine Balthazar
  • Robert Winn

University of Oklahoma and Cherokee Nation
Norman, OK
Tahlequah, OK

  • Paul Spicer
  • Sohail Khan

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and State University New York Stony Brook
New York, NY

  • William Mccombie
  • Ellen Li
  • Posted: February 17, 2015