Moffitt Cancer Center and TBCCN Celebrate Community Partnerships with Guest Speaker

April 21, 2010

Tampa, FL – Moffitt Cancer Center and TBCCN (Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network) will host an event to celebrate community partnerships. Social Innovations: Celebrating Community Partnerships, will be held April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the University Community Development Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., in Tampa.

Dr. Marilyn Gaston, former assistant U.S. Surgeon General, will host a conversation and open dialogue on community-based projects. Gaston studied zoology at Miami University (Ohio), and received her M.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. In 1990, she became the first African-American woman to direct a public health service bureau – the Bureau of Primary Health Care in the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Her scientific achievements with sickle cell disease (SCD), as well as her ongoing commitment to improving the health of the poor and minority Americans, have been recognized by the Public Health Service and the National Medical Association. Dr. Gaston is also the co-founder of Prime Time Sister Circles, a curriculum-based, culture- and gender-specific health intervention, in assisting mid-life African-American women to decrease the major risk factors of physical inactivity, poor nutrition and stress.

TBCCN hopes to increase understanding and effective use of community-based principles, practices and research that lead to socially innovative, community-based programs and partnerships.

Groups are encouraged to share successes, challenges, lessons learned and future directions for community-academic partnerships for impacting health disparities.

Two projects that will be highlighted include Barbers Against Prostate Cancer, which shows the feasibility of using trained barbers and barbershops to successfully provide prostate cancer information and raise awareness about the disease among African-American men, and Colorectal Cancer in Ethnic Subgroups of U.S. Blacks: Exploring Diversity, which assesses cultural beliefs, perceptions and behaviors related to colorectal cancer screening in three culturally distinct groups of U.S. blacks (African American, Haitian and Caribbean-born) in Hillsborough County.

            For more information e-mail or call Shalewa Noel-Thomas at or (813) 745-6813.


TBCCN is a Community Network Program funded by NCI to create a network of community based and academic organizations. Our goal is to create and implement effective community based interventions to impact cancer disparities in the Tampa Bay area. Our activities include: outreach, education, training and research.


About Moffitt Cancer Center

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center  is an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - a designation that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 14 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.