Cancer Outreach Core (COC)


The purpose of the COC is to contribute to the reduction  of cancer disparities by empowering community partners to engage with cancer research and outreach efforts. Our focus is on African American, Hispanic, low-income, and other underserved populations.

Since its inception in 2006, the Cancer Outreach Core (COC) has become a vital component of the MVTCP. Whether expanding the capacity of investigators to conduct community-engaged research, initiating community-engaged research, forging meaningful connections between community and academic partners or representing the MVTCP partnership, the COC is doing its part to eliminate cancer disparities in affected communities.

Specifically, the COC provides a means for members of the local community and interested organizations to partner actively with Meharry Medical College (MMC), Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), and Tennessee State University (TSU) on cancer disparities research and outreach initiatives. Needs, interests, and priority areas identified by community partners are the focus of the COC’s outreach and capacity-building activities, and new research projects.

The aims of the COC include the following:

  • AIM 1: Convene a Community Advisory Board to facilitate input into MVCTP activities and research projects and promote community awareness of the MVTCP
  • AIM 2: Support community-engaged research projects on cancer prevention, cancer survivorship, and minority participation in clinical research.
  • AIM 3: Advance a research agenda to develop and test culturally-appropriate outreach strategies through community-engaged research.
  • AIM 4: Contribute to the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Outreach Network on a coordinated agenda to identify, develop, and disseminate health promotion and cancer education information.


The COC is a shared resource that supports the effective use of community engagement in cancer disparities research and disseminates culturally-appropriate information on cancer and cancer disparities to the public.

COC services include:

  • Facilitate academic-community partnerships by matching partners with interest in cancer health disparities and underserved populations
  • Engage the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for input on new grant proposals and ongoing projects
  • Provide consultations to investigators and partners regarding proposed and ongoing projects
  • Provide assistance with community engagement strategies and the role of the COC and CAB for grant proposals
  • Contribute advice on recruitment, study materials and other engagement with study participants
  • Provide assistance with development of patient education and outreach materials


If you would like a member of the COC staff to contact you to discuss a potential partnership activity or provide consultation on a new or existing project, please click this link:

MVTCP COC Consultation Request