Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Community Network for Cancer Prevention

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The Community Network for Cancer Prevention was established by the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities of the Duncan Cancer Center in 2010 with funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to initially enhance colorectal and cervical cancer prevention and control services for the medically underserved for medically underserved residents of Harris County. Through the years, we have received additional funding from CPRIT to enhance breast cancer prevention and control services, as well as improve HPV vaccination rates and reduce the use of tobacco products among the youth.

The CNCP is a network made up of several institutions in the Texas Medical Center and several community-based organizations across the greater Houston area and surrounding counties.

Through the years, the CNCP has met regularly to discuss project-specific matters; then, as our cancer prevention efforts and relationships evolved, CNCP members are now key collaborating partners of an expanded Duncan Cancer Center Community Advisory Board.

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Community Advisory Board

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Our Community Advisory Board was formed for project-specific purposes as part of the Community Network for Cancer Prevention and has continued to grow to its current 16 institutional members.

As part of our ongoing assessment of the cancer burden in our catchment area, we utilize a community-based participatory research approach with our CAB to monitor cancer needs and ensure the equitable bi-directional exchange of knowledge between communities and researchers in the Duncan Cancer Center.

During our CAB quarterly meetings, cancer burden and disparities data for the Duncan Cancer Center are presented, and discussions are generated around the cancer analyses, and community needs assessment findings.

If your organization be interested in being a part of our CAB, contact us at cancerprevention@bcm.edu.

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Collaborating Partners

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Our Community Advisory Boar for the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center are comprised of the following community partners. See information about each below:

Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center is a consortium made up of Baylor College of Medicine, its three primary teaching hospital affiliates—Ben Taub Hospital, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as Baylor Clinic. The Duncan Cancer Center brings together all cancer-related activities under one umbrella, fast-tracking our efforts to prevent and ultimately cure cancer in all its forms.

Harris Health System provides access to cost-effective, quality healthcare delivered compassionately to all residents of Harris County, regardless of their ability to pay.

Texas Children's Hospital is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women throughout our global community by leading in patient care, education, and research.

Harris County Public Health is the local public health agency for the Harris County, Texas, jurisdiction. It provides a wide variety of public health activities and services to improve the health and well-being of the Harris County community.

HOPE Clinic is a professionally staffed and full-time Federally Qualified Health Center. Currently, HOPE Clinic operates four clinics serving residents of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The clinic's caring and dedicated staff speaks more than 14 languages and provides culturally and linguistically competent, high-quality care to all, regardless of ability to pay.

San José Clinic provides quality healthcare and education to those individuals with limited access to such services in the Greater Houston and Fort Bend county areas.  The environment respects the dignity of each person served.

TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries is a Christian ministry that provides quality health care, offers hope, and restores dignity to uninsured, low-income families and individuals in the Tri-County region.

Baker-Ripley is a non-profit organization that consists of a network of 59 service sites with a mission of “bringing resources, education, and connection to emerging neighborhoods.” Baker Ripley, well known as one of the city’s major proponents of economic and social development, helps nearly 300,000 of our neighbors reach full potential each year.

American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the ACS has 12-chartered divisions, more than 900 local offices nationwide, and a presence in more than 5,100 communities.

The staff of the Community Network for Cancer Prevention is available to assist you with questions, concerns, or requests for information and services. Contact us on our information line at (713) 798-6643 or send an e-mail to cancerprevention@bcm.edu.

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BodyGuards Volunteer Program

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The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities provides a variety of opportunities for individuals to work in community outreach events, representing Baylor College of Medicine as a BodyGuard volunteer. The BodyGuards Program is currently promoting a healthy lifestyle and increase awareness, education, and prevention of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, which are highly prevalent in medically underserved communities.

Current work of the BodyGuards Volunteer Program includes:

  • Educating the community about healthy eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Reducing cancer health disparities in medically underserved communities through cancer prevention and early screening
  • Developing a group of dedicated volunteers and provide them with outreach opportunities in the community
  • Enhancing Baylor's outreach efforts in the community

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the roles and many benefits of the BodyGuard Volunteer Program, email Dr. Lizette Rangel at maria.rangel@bcm.edu.