A partner of Cervical Cancer-Free America and the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition, Cervical Cancer-Free SC (CCFSC) has been working since 2012 to increase awareness of HPV, related cancers and the HPV vaccine. In 2014 and 2016, CCFSC hosted summits to bring together over 100 South Carolina leaders in public health, cancer care and infectious diseases to discuss cervical cancer screening, eliminating disparities in cervical cancer, the role of the HPV vaccine in preventing cervical cancer, advocacy and education.
The Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) is a national program designed to facilitate collaboration, resource-sharing, and capacity-building among cancer health equity researchers, trainees, outreach workers and organizations. The key goal of GMaP is to advance cancer health equity research and training. The Hollings Cancer Center, along with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, coordinates these efforts in South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Minority/Underserved National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (MU-NCORP) at MUSC is one of only 14 NCORP sites in the country devoted to serving minority and underserved populations. Comprised of five high-quality healthcare facilities in South Carolina, the overall goal of this program is to bring cancer clinical trials to individuals in their own communities and reduce cancer disparities.
The South Carolina Cancer Disparities Research Center (SC CADRE), a partnership between South Carolina State University (SCSU) and the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, aims to create a future generation of cancer researchers specially trained to improve cancer health outcomes for South Carolinians.
The Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and three historically black colleges/universities – Claflin University, South Carolina State University and Voorhees College – have created an innovative, inter-institutional, 10-week summer course. This is combined with a hands-on laboratory research training platform and career mentoring by some of the nation’s leading cancer researchers at the Hollings Cancer Center to attract and catalyze a new generation of diverse biomedical scientists. Within this new five-year initiative, 80 undergraduate juniors and seniors will engage with investigators at Hollings to expose them to the latest advances in biomedical research spanning basic, clinical and population sciences with an emphasis on cancer disparity dynamics in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (SC CURE) Program for Underrepresented High School Students is a two-year program taught by Hollings Cancer Center scientists for rising sophomores and juniors at Burke High School. SC CURE allows underrepresented students from Burke High School to explore a career in biomedical cancer research. Rising sophomores and juniors are offered a number of learning opportunities focused on cancer biology, epidemiology, and health disparities.