Community Health Advisors Program
Disparities is a pillar and primary focus of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). Forty percent of the NCCCP is dedicated to reducing cancer healthcare disparities, which include developing new or expanded programs to increase outreach to the uninsured, underrepresented and disadvantaged populations in prevention, screening, treatment, follow-up care, palliative care, survivorship and end-of-life care, as well as expanding and developing new approaches to help build a community infrastructure.
As the bridge to our community, the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion Community Health Advisors program is crucial to our overall success as an institution. Not only do the advisors serve as educators and liaisons within underserved communities to raise awareness of cancer risks and screenings, but they teach community members how to conduct their own health fairs and educate people on healthier lifestyles, proper nutrition, exercise and early screening for cancers.
By training health educators that already have relationships within our community, the LCRP hopes to increase the likelihood that residents will accept, and act upon, important health information. Through outreach programs such as these, we are taking steps to reduce disparities in cancer care among underserved populations and make sure that everyone has the same access to high-quality care.
If you're interested in becoming a community health advisor, want to request an advisor to speak at your event or would like additional information about our program, please call 912-819-5704.