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Health Equity Report Card pilot project aims to improve the quality and equity of cancer care nationwide

Feb 04, 2023

A pilot project from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), based on work from the Elevating Cancer Equity initiative—a joint program from NCCN, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF) and steered by Massey Cancer Center...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Former NIH director on the Cancer Moonshot, a silent epidemic and more on Facts & Faith Fridays

Feb 03, 2023

On his return visit to VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Facts & Faith Fridays, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was eager to talk about his current passion projects as acting science advisor to the president, from the Cancer Moonshot to the hepatitis C epidemic. Collins, the former director of the National I...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: Fifth Baptist Church

Feb 01, 2023

During the earliest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the leaders of Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond realized that underlying health issues often contributed to the outcomes of individuals who contracted COVID. At that time, they adopted a mission for their community to be as healthy ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Athlete and mom of three embraces a new role: Cervical cancer survivor

Jan 30, 2023

Taryn Dwan doesn’t shy away from a challenge. The 39-year-old mom of three follows through on her goals—whether conquering a triathlon or running the half marathon she was training for when diagnosed with stage 3C cervical cancer in February 2021. That determination has helped Dwan through her treat...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Ebenezer Baptist Church

Jan 25, 2023

The mission of Ebenezer Baptist Church is to “Love People and Empower Our Community.” In 2022, the Richmond, Va. church used a seed grant from VCU Massey Cancer Center to offer community members the tools they need to make informed decisions about their health. Awarded through the Massey Community ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research, Center News & Funding

Conference highlights Massey’s research partnership to create a firefighter cancer registry

Jan 24, 2023

Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and the Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., chair in cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, presented at the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) Legislative Conference on Jan. 18 about the creation of a firefighter cancer r...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

VCU Massey Cancer Center recognized for clinical trial enrollment efforts

Jan 23, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center has earned a spot as a top accruer with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a national clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Massey’s Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program (MU-NCORP) ranked 30th among the A...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Former NIH director to feature on Facts & Faith Fridays

Jan 20, 2023

On Friday, January 27, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., former director of the National Institutes of Health and current special advisor for special projects for the White House, will join Massey Cancer Center’s Facts and Faith Fridays for a virtual discussion on the state of science and community out...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: Vance Street Missionary Baptist Church

Jan 18, 2023

Vance Street Missionary Baptist Church (VSMBC) in Danville, Va. is committed to providing a "safe place" for people to gather and engage in meaningful dialogue with healthcare professionals. As a 2022 VCU Massey Cancer Center seed grant recipient, VSMBC was able to expand its efforts in September by...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey Cancer Community Connection Coalition offers support in 2023

Jan 17, 2023

More than two dozen community members and leaders from VCU Massey Cancer Center virtually convened on Jan. 10 for the first Massey Cancer Community Connection Coalition (MCCCC) meeting of 2023. Representatives from historically underserved groups, external health sciences professionals and other com...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

“Knowing the facts is important”: A conversation with cervical cancer survivor Kiara L. Bell

Jan 13, 2023

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. However, the mortality rate dropped significantly with the increased use of the Pap test and a better understanding of huma...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: World U.P. Foundation

Jan 11, 2023

Access to fresh produce is limited in several Richmond neighborhoods, contributing to health and cancer disparities. The World U.P. Foundation launched its Mobile Produce Pantry to offer residents more options for fruits and vegetables in so-called food deserts across the city. In 2022, VCU Massey C...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Trials of Color

Jan 04, 2023

The Trials of Color (TOC) “Teach One Reach One” project aims to raise colorectal cancer (CRC) awareness among underserved and minority populations in Petersburg, Va., with a special focus on prevention, screening and education in the Black community. In 2022, TOC received a $5,000 seed grant from th...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic

Dec 27, 2022

The Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic (NNMFHC) recognizes that oral health significantly impacts the overall health and outcomes of its patients. To expand upon the services it provides, NNMFHC implemented an oral cancer screening program, funded in part by a VCU Massey Cancer Center 2022 s...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

Dec 20, 2022

In 2022, VCU Massey Cancer Center awarded $5,000 to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) as part of the Community Grant Initiative. VBCF, a statewide, Richmond-based nonprofit, is committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.   VBCF used the Massey seed grant ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Fauci shares public health insights on COVID-19, vaccines and fighting disinformation on Facts & Faith Fridays

Dec 20, 2022

As he steps down from his decades-long career with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and one of the nation’s leading experts on COVID-19, isn’t finished imparting his public health guidance. On ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Massey Cancer Champion, seed grant recipient advocates on Capitol Hill for survivors

Dec 15, 2022

On Dec. 14, members of Congress introduced a landmark piece of legislation that aims to provide a lifeline to survivors and their families. The Comprehensive Cancer Survivorship Act (CCSA) addresses the entire survivorship continuum of cancer care. Sharon Rivera-Sanchez, a Massey Cancer Champion and...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

Massey’s “On the Road to Trust” series highlights LGBTQIA+ cancer disparities

Dec 09, 2022

Community stakeholders joined VCU Massey Cancer Center on Dec. 2 to share ideas about how to better serve the LGBTQIA+ population. It was part of Massey's “On the Road to Trust” symposium series, which launched in 2022 to create community-centered gatherings to facilitate conversations about cancer ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Coping with cancer during the holidays

Dec 06, 2022

The holidays are a time of hope and of tradition: we gather with family and friends, decorate, cook, entertain and look forward to even better days ahead. But if you’re living with cancer, you may feel out of step with the rest of the world as it enters the holiday season. “I regularly hear from pa...

Community Engagement & Health Equity

Massey now accepting applications for community seed grants

Nov 29, 2022

In 2023, VCU Massey Cancer Center will continue investing in community-led initiatives that aim to improve the health outcomes for Virginians. The cancer center will award $5,000 seed grants as part of the Community Grant Initiative; launched in December 2021, the initiative helps community partner...

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