By: Donna Cope
The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute has awarded the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the UAB Minority Health & Health Equity Research Center $9.6 million over five years to take part in its Persistent Poverty Initiative. As one of only five universities selected, UAB joins the NIH’s first major program to address how structural and institutional factors of persistent poverty relate to cancer.
Persistent poverty includes communities that have at least 20% of residents living in poverty for 30 years or longer.
As a result of this award, the MHERC and O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center will establish the Center for Cancer Control in Persistent Poverty Areas. The C3P2 will study ways to improve prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and the lives of survivors in the center’s designated areas.
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