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 National Outreach Network community health educators (CHEs) to conduct outreach activities that target specific communities.Some PACHE partnerships that focus on cancer education fund National Outreach Network community health educators (CHEs). 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 (CPACHE) (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 & Location Principal Investigators
U54

University of Arizona Cancer Center and Northern Arizona University
Tucson, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • David Alberts
  • Jani Ingram

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Roberta Troy
  • James Lillard
  • Upender Manne

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

Visit the partnership websites to learn more: New Mexico State University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

  • Mary O'Connell
  • Beti Thompson

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Baqar Hussaini
  • Samuel Adunyah
  • Harold Moses

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Jaydutt Vadgama
  • Robin Farias-Eisner

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • 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

Visit the partnership websites to learn more: North Carolina Central University and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

  • Ricardo M. Richardson
  • Shelton Earp

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • 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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Marcia Cruz-Correa
  • Gabriel Lopez-Berestein

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Karen Hubbard
  • Tim Alan Ahles

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Christina Ciecierski & Moira Stuart
  • Melissa Simon
  • Robert Winn

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Robert Underwood
  • Neal Palafox

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Elva Arredondo
  • Maria Elena Martinez
P20

North Carolina Central University and Duke University
Durham, NC

  • Kevin Peter Williams
  • Steven R. Patierno

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Manoj Mishra
  • Upender Manne

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Philip Smith 
  • Jamie Ostroff

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

Visit the partnership websites to learn more: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and University of Florida.

  • Romonia Reams
  • Folakemi Odedina

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Xiaowu Pang
  • Tzyy-Choou Wu

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

Visit the partnership website to learn more.

  • Laurent Brard
  • Graham Colditz

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

  • Catherine Balthazar
  • Robert Winn

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

  • Sohail Khan
  • Paul Spicer

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

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