According to the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), one in four deaths in the United States can be attributed to cancer, and one in three Americans will eventually develop some form of cancer. Each day, 3,400 people in America are diagnosed with cancer and another 1,500 die from the disease. But the burden of cancer is too often greater for the poor, ethnic minorities and the uninsured than for the general population. MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER partners with the Meharry Medical College – Community Health Centers Community Networks Program (CNP) to reduce and in time eliminate cancer health disparities among African Americans in Nashville. CNP was funded in 2005 through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and has two goals:
- Improve screening rates for cancer in African – American communities
- Promote access to and use of cancer prevention strategies and treatments
Through CNP, the fight against cancer health disparities is being elevated to a new level. CNP has partnered with many service providers, non-profit organizations, and individuals to implement community based programs. In 2008, CNP launched the Community Advisory Board which is made up of community residents who have been personally impacted or know someone impacted by cancer. These individuals helped shape the programs and services that are being promoted in the community. CNP will reach the goals of the program by improving physical activity and nutrition, promoting access to mammography and cervical cancer screenings, and supporting individuals with a desire to stop using tobacco. For information regarding CNP call 615-324-9680.