African Americans have a substantially increased mortality rate compared to Whites in many cancers, including breast and cervix. The Deep South Network for Cancer Control (the Network) was established to develop sustainable community infrastructure to promote cancer awareness, enhance participation of African Americans and other special populations in clinical trials, recruit and train minority investigators, and develop and test innovative community-based cancer control measures to eliminate cancer mortality disparities in special populations. This article describes the steps necessary to form the network and the process and activities required to establish it as an effective infrastructure for eliminating disparities between Whites and African Americans in the United States.
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Dr Partridge), Medicine/Division of Preventive Medicine (Dr Fouad), and the Comprehensive Cancer Center (Ms Hardy), The University of Alabama at Birmingham; the Departments of Community Health Sciences, Center for Sustainable Health Outreach (Drs Hinton and Lisovicz and Mr White-Johnson), The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg; and the Department of Community and Rural Medicine, Institute for Rural Health Research, The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa (Dr Higginbotham).
Corresponding author: Edward E. Partridge, MD, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 618 20th Street South, 538 OHB, Birmingham, AL 35233-7333 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The National Cancer Institute Grant U01 CA86128 supported the Deep South Network for Cancer Control program.