Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations aims to prepare a cadre of scientists and health professionals with a focus on underrepresented groups across Minnesota. Our goal is to train investigators to incorporate community-based participatory research into their cancer research and to promote their capacity to achieve sustained career success as community-engaged heath disparity workers.
Community-based Participatory Research:
• An introductory course about Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. We will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; and CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems. This is not a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to various research designs and methodologies.
• The MC3 mentoring program, the Health Disparities Career Enhancement Program, includes junior faculty, postdoctoral students, graduate students and community members from the medical, social, and behavior sciences whose interests include generating and applying knowledge that will reduce specific cancer disparities by improving prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. For more information, please contact us.
• Participating Community Network Program Center (CPNC) sites from across the country were awarded a National Institutes of Health planning grant for a National Research Mentoring Network. Read more here.
• The Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaboration provides a variety of research support for researchers working on cancer disparities and community based participatory research (CBPR) projects. In addition to workshops and seminars held throughout the year, MC3 offers either internal or external scientific review for a select number of top-notch research proposals prior to submission to a funding agency. Statistical support on meritorious cancer disparities and CBPR projects is available as well. MC3 is also pleased to partner with the Program in Health Disparities Research on the annual Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research initiative.