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Community-Informed Research and Cancer Control

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has a long tradition of engaging community partners in research and outreach initiatives. Working together with partners and stakeholders, the cancer center's community-informed research and cancer control activities synergistically contribute to empowering healthy and cancer literate communities. 

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Community Advisory Board  

Purpose: Catalyst for informing and expanding synergistic collaborations across wide geographic area

Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State Cancer Partnership

Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) Advisory Board

Purpose: Engages local partners with focus on cancer health disparities


Responding to Community Needs & Priorities

The VICC catchment area includes 123 counties encompassing the entire state of TN,  western KY,  and northern AL. The VICC Office of Community Outreach and Engagement collaborates with patient and community stakeholders in a bi-directional manner on research, cancer control efforts, and quality care.

The VICC Office of Community Outreach and Engagement and the Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) collaborated with our partners to conduct the 2019 Community Cancer Needs Assessment and Toolkit. The purpose of this assessment was to characterize the burden of cancer in our catchment area and gather input from a range of community stakeholder groups about what needs and gaps need to be addressed. Based on the findings, our partners produced the community-driven vision and goals below, which will guide VICC and MVTCP research and outreach efforts during 2020-2025.

Needs Assessment Cover PhotoAppendix Cover Photo2019 Community Cancer Needs Assessment Toolkit


Training Opportunity


The Cancer Basics 101 Training, created by researchers at VICC, was designed to educate non-scientists on cancer biology research. This training is separated into three sections: Basics of Cancer, Basics of Cancer Research, and Basics of Clinical Trials. To access this training, click here. Contact with any questions.


Research Examples

The catchment area needs and community-driven priorities inform the design and conduct of research conducted by cancer center investigators. Below are some examples of work: