Skip to main content

Community-Informed Research and Cancer Control

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has a long tradition of engaging community partners in research and outreach initiatives. Working together with partners and stakeholders, the cancer center's community-informed research and cancer control activities synergistically contribute to empowering healthy and cancer literate communities. 

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Community Advisory Board  

Purpose: Catalyst for informing and expanding synergistic collaborations across wide geographic area

Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State Cancer Partnership

Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) Advisory Board

Purpose: Engages local partners with focus on cancer health disparities

 

Responding to Community Needs & Priorities

The VICC catchment area includes 123 counties encompassing the entire state of TN,  western KY,  and northern AL. The VICC Office of Community Outreach and Engagement collaborates with patient and community stakeholders in a bi-directional manner on research, cancer control efforts, and quality care.

The VICC Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and the Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) collaborated with our partners to conduct the 2019 Community Cancer Needs Assessment and Toolkit. The purpose of this assessment was to characterize the burden of cancer in our catchment area and gather input from a range of community stakeholder groups about what needs and gaps need to be addressed. Based on the findings, our partners produced the community-driven vision and goals below, which will guide VICC and MVTCP research and outreach efforts during 2020-2025.

Needs Assessment Cover Photo

Appendix Cover Photo

2019 Community Cancer Needs Assessment Toolkit

In addition, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama all have state cancer plans that present a framework of priority goals and strategies to eliminate preventable cancers and minimize deaths and disabilities. They provide guidance for designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating cancer-related efforts. VICC faculty and staff recently collaborated with the Tennessee Cancer Coalition, Tennessee Department of Health and other community partners to produce the State of Tennessee Cancer Plan (2018-2022).

TN State Plan

KY State Plan

AL State Plan

The catchment area needs and community-driven priorities inform the design and conduct of research conducted by cancer center investigators. Below are some examples of work: