Community-Based Participatory Research

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Community-Based Participatory Research 

The GW Cancer Center is committed to community-responsive research. Here is a sample of our work.

Building Equal Access Together in Cancer (BEAT-C)

This project identifies and addresses social needs of people affected by cancer. We are: 

  • Screening people with a history of breast and prostate cancer for social needs and identifying resources to meet those needs
  • Testing the impact of a six-month community health worker intervention on cancer survivor quality of life 
  • Standing up diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) task forces across three cancer centers to address structural bias
  • Training staff and clinicians on implicit bias

This project is a collaboration of the GW Cancer Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Washington Cancer Institute and Howard University Cancer Center (MPIs: Arem/Pratt-Chapman).

Strengthening Community Reach and Equity by Engaging Neighborhoods (SCREEN)

The project aims to improve the health of four priority populations in the Washington, DC region:  African immigrant, African American, Latina, and queer communities. Through this project, we will build community health worker (CHW) capacity and tailor communication campaigns to increase physical activity, reduce tobacco and alcohol, increase fruit and vegetable intake and get people back to cancer screening after COVID-19.