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National Outreach Network (NON)

The National Outreach Network (NON) seeks to strengthen NCI's ability to develop and disseminate culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information that is tailored to the specific needs and expectations of underserved communities, working through NON community health educators (CHEs) located at NCI-designated Cancer Centers.

Building and expanding upon previous efforts, NON is strengthening the ability of cancer centers and NCI to reach underserved communities with NCI cancer information and enhance community engagement in cancer research. Access and engagement of underserved communities is facilitated by close linkage of NON CHEs with the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) hubs.

Goals

  • Enhance NCI’s cancer health disparities research (CHD) research efforts through local and regional culturally-tailored education and outreach within underserved communities.
  • Enhance NCI’s ability to disseminate culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information to underserved communities.
  • Adapt and test culturally tailored education and outreach activities that address local and regional cancer health disparity issues.

Objectives

  • Integrate NON CHEs within the research and outreach efforts of the cancer centers and the communities in their catchment areas.
  • Plan, conduct, and assess CHE-facilitated community education and outreach, aligned with NCI and cancer center research and outreach priorities, within underserved communities.
  • Strengthen partnerships and collaborations with key NCI-sponsored academic, research, community, and regional partners to enhance NCI’s ability to effectively reach underserved communities with tailored cancer information and foster community engagement in research.

NCI Programs Participating in NON

NCI programs participating in NON include NCI-designated Cancer Centers, Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE), and other NCI national programs.

Community Health Educators (CHE)

CHEs are individuals experienced in communications, comprehensive cancer control, training, program planning, and evaluation. They are embedded into NON’s 38 participating NCI-Designated Cancer Centers around the U.S.

CHE Scope of Activities

CHEs will work with NCI-Designated Cancer Center staff, the community, GMaP hub, and NCI program staff to conduct the following activities.

Local Education and Outreach

  • Identify gaps and barriers to the integration of community education and outreach within the cancer center and propose strategies to resolve them.
  • Identify specific ways that CHE-facilitated community education and outreach can enhance the research and outreach efforts of the cancer center grant.
  • Adapt and implement CHE-facilitated education and outreach strategies, aligned with the cancer center focus, and linked by NCI priorities and GMaP regional disparity issues.
  • Identify CHE-facilitated education and outreach resources and strategies for further testing, as appropriate.

Community

  • Develop and maintain academic and community partnerships to enable access to and delivery of culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information and education to underserved communities locally and regionally.
  • Collaborate with academic, research, community, and regional NCI partners to develop, implement and assess disparities-focused education and outreach efforts linked to local, regional, and NCI research priorities.NCI/GMaP Priorities.

NCI/GMaP Priorities

  • Increase awareness and adoption of NCI recommendations on cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment through regional dissemination of information and education materials.
  • Advise and assist in message development and content for culturally appropriate study brochures, curricula, and educational materials.
  • Disseminate relevant NCI messages, materials, programs, and research opportunities.
  • Assist with education and outreach activities, aligned with NCI priorities and regional issues, and conduct in collaboration with NIH/NCI-supported research partners, and academic, regional and community partners, and other NCI programs in order to increase awareness, knowledge and positive behavior among underserved communities in prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer; to enhance access to cancer care services; and to promote clinical trials and/or biospecimen research participation.

Currently Funded NON CHE Sites

Map of National Outreach Network (NON) Community Health Educators (CHEs)


NCI-Designated Cancer Center-Supported NON CHEs by GMaP Region

Cancer Initiatives: Screen to Save (Colorectal cancer), HPV (Cervical Cancer), and Clinical Trial recruitment (all cancers)

Institution & Location CHE(s) Population Served Initiatives
Region 1 North – DE, KY, MD, ME, NH, VT, VA, WV, DC
Virginia Commonwealth University, Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, VA
  • African American/Black
  • Rural
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Dartmouth College, Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Lebanon, NH
  • Rural
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Region 1 South – TN, NC, SC
Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center
Charleston, SC
  • African American/Black
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Region 2 – AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, PR
Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Tampa, FL
  • Medically Underserved
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Region 3 – AZ, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, TX
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas City, KS
  • African American/Black
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Stephenson Cancer Center, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, OK
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Rural
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
University of Colorado Cancer Center
Aurora, CO
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, NM
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX
  • African American/Black
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Region 4 – CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
Madison, WI

  • Rural
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Wayne State University
Detroit, MI
  • African American/Black
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Yale University Cancer Center
New Haven, CT
  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University
Boston, MA
  • African American/Black
  • Non-Hispanic White/Rural
  • Asian American
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Non-Hispanic White/Rural
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, IL
  • African American/Black
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • HPV
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbus, OH
  • African American/Black
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Non-Hispanic White
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
  • African American/Black
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Region 5 – AK, CA, HI, OR, WA, American Samoa, Guam
University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, CA
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope
Los Angeles, CA
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • African American/Black
  • Asian American
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Francisco, CA
  • African American/Black
  • Asian American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials
Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
  • Rural
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Honolulu, HI
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • HPV
  • Clinical Trials
Region 6 – ID, MT, NV, ND, SD, UT, WY
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Rural
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • Screen to Save
  • Clinical Trials