SESRCD program volunteers available to help community organizations that offer cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship programs

APA’s national initiative to address health disparities in cancer looks to promote health equity in underserved communities.

Large disparities in cancer outcomes by race and ethnicity are often reported, but socioeconomic factors such as poverty, inadequate education and lack of health insurance appear to be far more significant than biological differences.

APA’s Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities Program (SESRCD) is a national strategy to build the capacity of organizations that provide cancer-related services and stakeholders to reduce health disparities in cancer rates through evidence-based cancer prevention and control efforts in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by the Office of Socioeconomic Status in APA’s Public Interest Directorate, the program provides professional development workshops, facilitates individualized technical assistance, awards capacity-building mini-grants and provides an online forum to promote communication and share lessons learned. Since its creation in 2008, the SESRCD program has delivered 21 training workshops and awarded 49 mini-grants to cancer-focused community organizations.

Through its Behavioral and Social Science Volunteers (BSSVs) Program, the SESRCD program facilitates linkages between behavioral scientists and U.S.-based cancer-focused organizations to address the social, economic and environmental barriers underlying U.S. cancer disparities. In March, the SESRCD program trained 30 BSSVs in New Orleans to join the existing cohort of 70 BSSVs in addressing regional cancer disparities.

The BSSV program integrates theoretical and research knowledge with real world applications and community action to create partnerships, mobilize community assets and use evidence- and practice-based strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce cancer disparities. With expertise in psychology, public health, anthropology and education, BSSVs have the training and resources to facilitate technology and information transfer to communities in need. Capacity-building assistance provided by BSSVs includes adapting evidence-based interventions, program monitoring and evaluation guidance, as well as informing community needs assessments and mobilizing policy change.

Representatives from organizations that would benefit from the BSSV program’s capacity building should contact the SESRCD program via email or call (202) 218-3995.

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