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Community Networks Program (CNP)

Active Dates: 2005-2010

The Community Networks Program (CNP) was established in 2005 to reduce cancer health disparities through community-based participatory education, training, and research among underserved populations. NCI was awarded $95 million in five-year grants to fund 25 CNP cooperative agreement projects across the United States and in American Samoa. 

The program consisted of 10 CNP grantees in local areas, 10 in regional areas, and five in national programs, who worked in partnership with communities and community organizations,to address their specific cancer disparities and cancer prevention and control needs. The target population groups included African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives and other Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and rural underserved populations. In 2010 the CNP program ended and transitioned to the Community Networks Program Centers (CNPC).


To significantly improve access to and use of beneficial cancer interventions in communities experiencing cancer health disparities.

CNP Project Phases

Phase I: Capacity Building (Years 1-5)

  • Develop a core organizational infrastructure, including establishing and training community networks staff
  • Create partnerships with communities experiencing cancer disparities and community organizations that can aid in reducing these disparities
  • Form collaborations within the NCI to support institution efforts to reduce cancer health disparities
  • Develop and implement community-based activities focused on cancer education and on increasing participation in primary and secondary prevention programs, such as smoking cessation, screening and early detection, and associated activities to help reduce health disparities
  • Obtain non-CRCHD funding for community-based education and training activities directed at reducing cancer disparities

Phase II: Create Community-Based Research and Training Programs (Years 2-5)

  • Develop cancer disparities research projects aimed to reduce cancer disparities, with an emphasis on effective community interventions
  • Train underrepresented researchers from racial and ethnically diverse populations in community-based intervention research to reduce cancer disparities
  • Develop one-year community-based pilot projects to support new investigators engaged in cancer health disparities research and associated interventions

Phase III: Establish Credibility and Sustainability of CNP (Years 4-5)

  • Reduce cancer disparities in local communities by increasing participation of its members in cancer prevention activities and improving access to standard cancer screenings, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Document and publish information on effective interventions so that they can be implemented and used by other communities experiencing similar disparities
  • Obtain funding for future research proposals (such as R01, R03, and K awards) to address disparity-related issues identified in results of CNP pilot projects
  • Provide evidence-based information on reducing disparities to policy makers at the local, state, and Federal levels


Project Title & Location Principal Investigator Population Served
American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative on Cancer
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN
Kaur, Judith S. American Indian, Alaska Native
American Samoa Community Cancer Network
LBJ Tropical Medical Center
American Samoa
Tofaeono, Victor T. Williams Samoan/Pacific Islander
Appalachia Community Cancer Network (ACCN)
University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Lexington, KY
Dignan, Mark B. Underserved
Arkansas Cancer Community Network (ARCCN)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR
Henry-Tillman, Ronda S. Underserved
Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training
University of California, Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sacramento, CA
Chen, Jr., Moon S. Asian American
Asian Community Cancer Network (ACCN/ATECAR)
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA
Ma, Grace X. Asian American
Carolina Community Network
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC
Godley, Paul A. African American
CNP for Older, Underserved African-American Adults
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
Albrecht, Terrance L. African American
Colorado Front Range Latino Community Network (CFRLCN)
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Denver, CO
Espinoza, Paula A. Hispanic/Latino
Deep South Network for Cancer Control
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL
Partridge, Edward E. African American
Hispanic Community Network to Reduce Cancer Disparities
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA
Thompson, Beti Hispanic/Latino
'Imi Hale - Native Hawaiian Cancer Network
Papa Ola Lokahi
Honolulu, HI
Chong, Clayton D. K. Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander
Latin American Cancer Research Coalition
MedStar Research Institute
Washington, DC
Huerta, Elmer E.



Maryland Regional Community Network Program To Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities (MRCN)
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Baquet, Claudia R. Underserved
Massachusetts Community Networks to Eliminate Cancer Disparities through Education, Research, and Training (MASS CONECT)
Harvard University School of Public Health
Boston, MA
Viswanath, K. Vish Underserved
Meharry Medical College - Community Health Centers Network
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN
Hargreaves, Margaret K. African American
National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer III: Community Networks Program (NBLIC III: CNP)
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
Blumenthal, Daniel S. African American
Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD)
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
Colditz, Graham A. African American
Redes En Acción: National Latino Cancer Research Network
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
Ramirez, Amelie G. Hispanic/Latino
Regional Native American Community Networks Program
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Buchwald, Dedra S. American Indian, Alaska Native
South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Networks (SCCDCN)
University of South Carolina Research Foundation
Columbia, SC
Hebert, James R. African American
Southwest American Indian Collaborative Network
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Tucson, AZ
Coe, Kathryn American Indian