About Our Community Network
The Office of Outreach and Health Disparities at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine have received several awards from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for breast, colorectal and cervical cancer prevention and HPV vaccine education. This collaborative is known as the Community Network for Cancer Prevention.
Led by Maria Jibaja-Weiss, Ed.D. and Jane Montealegre, Ph.D., director and deputy director of the OOHD, the CNCP was established to improve HPV vaccine education, breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening services and referral; and follow-up processes for medically underserved Harris County residents with abnormal screening tests in those three cancer sites. CNCP’s primary goal is to raise awareness about breast, colorectal and cervical cancer prevention and HPV vaccine awareness.
The CNCP is made up of several institutions in the Texas Medical Center along with several community-based organizations across the greater Houston/Harris County area.
We are a network of partners that include several community-based organizations that are:
- Working to enhance breast, colorectal and cervical cancer prevention and control services for the medically underserved
- Initiating and expanding public dialogues on reducing cancer disparities in specific community constituencies
- See our list of collaborating partners
Our primary goal is to establish a joint collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine, the Harris Health System, and several community-based organizations to reach out to Harris County residents with breast, colorectal and cervical cancer prevention information.
HPV Vaccination among Pediatric Patients in a Safety Net Healthcare Setting
The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Outreach and Health Disparities was awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas to increase HPV vaccination among pediatric patients at Harris County’s safety-net healthcare system, Harris Health System, using the Community Network for Cancer Prevention model.
The goals of this project are to increase the proportion of pediatric patients at Harris Health System who initiate and complete the HPV vaccine series and promote continuous performance improvement through ongoing process evaluation and reporting. These goals will be accomplished through: training pediatric providers to give strong HPV vaccine recommendations; development and implementation of linguistically- and culturally-appropriate patient/parent education videos; deployment of tiered tracking, patient reminder/recall and patient navigation services; and utilization of evaluation strategies.