What is the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN)?
The Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network is a collaborative network of academic and community-based organizations and is one of 25 Community Networks Programs across the country funded by the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network is comprised of an administrative core, outreach core, research core and training core.
Our network is made of local community-based health centers, nonprofit organizations, faith-based groups, adult education and literacy groups, and the Moffitt Cancer Center. Together, our goal is to create and implement sustainable and effective community-based interventions to impact cancer disparities in the Tampa Bay area.
What are the TBCCN Goals?
The overall goal of the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network (TBCCN) is to find ways to reduce the cancer burden among the medically underserved. Through the network, TBCCN strives to achieve a robust and sustainable infrastructure based on a community network comprised of a recognized NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, community partners, and academic collaboration with urban and rural health care providers. Key outputs are to strengthen community-capacity building activities, create a series of culturally and linguistically and literacy-sensitive education, training and outreach initiatives, and facilitate the conduct of pilot education/research projects in consideration of cancer, culture and literacy. Outcomes will be through focused and systematic steps delivered according to three phases, each involving community members as integral partners. Our project focus is on breast, cervical, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers.
Further, the network is expected to fuel network partners' enthusiasm about the possibilities for collaborative endeavors for the effective and respectful delivery of efficacious cancer interventions research among medically underserved, low-literacy and low-income populations within the community and public health contexts. In terms of overall scientific significance, the project is expected to result in a number of educational and research outputs for application for future population-based outreach and intervention studies beyond the Tampa Bay area.