National Outreach Network (NON)

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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

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

Institution & Location CHE Population Served & Cancer Type
Region 1 North – DE, KY, MD, ME, NH, VT, VA, WV, DC
Markey Cancer Center
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
  • White, Rural, Medically Underserved
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Lung, Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
  • African American
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Lung, HPV
University of Maryland
Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland
  • African American
  • Breast, Colorectal, Lung
Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Rural, LSES
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Lung, HPV
Massey Cancer Center
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
  • African American, Rural, Medically Underserved, Un/Underinsured
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, HPV
University of Virginia Cancer Center
Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Rural, Medically Underserved
  • General
Region 1 South – TN, NC, SC
The Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Rural, Medically Underserved
  • Lung
University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • African American, Hispanic, Medically Underserved
  • Breast, Colorectal, Prostate, General
Hollings Cancer Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
  • African American, White, Minority, Rural
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Prostate, Lung, General, HPV
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, Tennessee
  • African American, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Lung
Region 2 – AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MO, MS, PR
UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama
  • African American, Rural, Medically Underserved
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal
Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, Florida
  • LSES, Medically Underserved, Un/Underinsured
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Prostate, Lung
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri
  • African American, Hispanic, Urban, Medically Underserved
  • Breast, Colorectal, Prostate, General
Region 3 – AZ, CA, CO, KS, NE, NM, OK, TX
Arizona Cancer Center
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
  • American Indian/Alaska Native
  • General
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, California
  • Asian, African American, Hispanic
  • General
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, California
  • Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, General
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Hispanic
  • Colorectal
Cancer Therapy & Research Center
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas
  • Hispanic
  • Breast, Colorectal, Prostate
Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas
  • Hispanic
  • Cervical
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
  • African American
  • General
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Kansas City, Kansas
  • TBD
  • African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Rural
  • Cancer Screening, Smoking Cessation
Region 4 – CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI
Yale Cancer Center
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, Connecticut
  • African American, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Prostate, Lung
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
  • African American, White, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical
The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Chicago, Illinois
  • Asian, African American, White, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Endometrial, Liver
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Boston, Massachusetts
  • African American, Hispanic
  • Lung, Head and Neck
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Asian
  • Colorectal
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbia University
New York, New York
  • Hispanic
  • General
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU
Langone, New York, New York
  • TBD
  • African American, Hispanic
  • Breast, Colorectal, Prostate
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, White, Hispanic
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
Columbus, Ohio
  • Asian, African American, White, Hispanic
  • Colorectal, Prostate, Lung
Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • African American
  • General
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Asian, African American, White, Hispanic, LSES, Medically Underserved
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Prostate, Lung, Skin, Clinical Trials
University of Wisconsin
Carbone Cancer Center
Madison, Wisconsin
  • African American, White, Hispanic, Rural
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Prostate, Lung, General, Skin
Region 5 – AK, HI, OR, WA, American Samoa, Guam
Knight Cancer Institute
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic, Rural, Urban, Frontier
  • Skin
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center /University of Washington Cancer Consortium
Seattle, Washington
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic, Medically Underserved
  • General
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California at Davis
Sacramento, California
  • Asian, African American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic
  • Cervical, Lung, HPV, Liver
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, California
  • Asian, African American, Hispanic
  • Colorectal, Prostate, Lung, General
Region 6 – ID, MT, NV, ND, SD, UT, WY
Huntsman Cancer Institute
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
  • American Indian/Alaska Native, Rural, Frontier
  • Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, Melanoma, Stomach