The Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, College of Nursing and Health Professions and College of Medicine at Drexel University, is partnering with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation to establish Community IMPACT, a program that will focus on reducing cancer and improving health outcomes in Philadelphia, starting in West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The program will combine public health qualitative and quantitative assessment and research methods with a grassroots engagement in communities that are often not invited to make their own decisions for health care.
“The impact of the initiative will be to transform both the way we think about cancer prevention and the actions we implement to reduce cancer burden,” said Dornsife’s Dean, Dr. Ana Diez Roux.
“We aim to inform the development and implementation of culturally tailored and linguistically appropriate messaging and educational strategies to prevent cancer and treat it more effectively” said Dr. Lucy Kerman, senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships at Drexel.
Lazarex Cancer Foundation is recognized nationally for giving cancer patients and their families hope — by improving their access to the newest and most innovative treatments available to fight the disease — while Drexel is known for its commitment to civic engagement. This partnership focuses on ensuring that members of underserved communities can equally benefit from this effort.
The overall goal of Community IMPACT, which is funded by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, is to improve understanding and awareness of the burden of cancer on patients and their families and provide opportunities for the prevention and treatment of cancer for residents in disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia.Friday Letter Submission