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OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance

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The OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium formed the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance to strengthen statewide infrastructure and reduce health disparities in cardiovascular disease and cancer related to tobacco use. It is funded by a three-year, $1.6 million grant awarded to UF in 2014 by the Florida Department of Health’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.

The alliance involves the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium’s academic and health care partners as well as Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College. The OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance health care and community partners are:

  • UF Health and the UF Health Cancer Center
  • UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
  • University of Miami Health System and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Bond Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Edward Waters College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Florida State University and Their Practice Partners
  • Health Choice Network of Florida
  • Tallahassee Memorial Regional Cancer Center
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Health Equity Research Institute
 

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The OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance is pursuing work on two fronts to reduce tobacco-related health disparities in Florida. First, the alliance will enhance the consortium’s infrastructure available to conduct tobacco-related cancer and cardiovascular disease research, particularly in primary care settings serving vulnerable populations. Second, the alliance will lead and facilitate pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science studies in real-world, primary care settings to increase health care provider capacity to follow evidence-based guidelines for tobacco-related risk factor screening and brief interventions.

Research

The alliance will lead and facilitate research aligned with its goal to reduce tobacco-related health disparities in Florida, with an emphasis on pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science studies in primary care settings. The alliance will lead a pilot pragmatic clinical trial focused on implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies in 60 urban and rural primary care practices serving vulnerable populations and will provide access to the alliance’s network and infrastructure for Florida scientists with funded protocols that are approved to use OneFlorida resources.

Infrastructure

The alliance’s work is supported by and will help develop the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium’s infrastructure cores, which provide the resources necessary to facilitate statewide clinical research across OneFlorida partners and collaborators. Specifically, the alliance will focus on enhancing the consortium’s tools, data and training available to scientists and clinicians throughout Florida, including those at historically black colleges and universities, for conducting research in primary care settings on tobacco-related cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Minority Education Program

The purpose of the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance’s Minority Education Program is to promote diversity in cancer prevention and control research by providing developmental support for junior faculty who are members of underrepresented groups. The program’s particular focus is on pragmatic clinical trials and implementation science research with the following racial and ethnic groups who have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

The Minority Education Program is a mentored research experience for junior faculty. Junior faculty members and one of their students will receive mentoring from a senior faculty member affiliated with the University of Florida or University of Miami Clinical & Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs) or Cancer Centers to conduct secondary data analyses that could lead to a pragmatic clinical trial or implementation science study in the area of cancer prevention and control. Pilot pragmatic clinical trials or implementation science studies are also supported through this mechanism. In addition, the junior faculty will participate in two 3-credit online courses offered through the UF Department of Health Outcomes & Policy in the College of Medicine.

Participants are competitively selected and will receive:

  • Program funding
  • Mentorship from a senior faculty member at the University of Florida or the University of Miami
  • Support for study protocol and research coordination

The program accepts applicants from all five partner institutions annually.
For more information and updates about the Minority Education Program or the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance, visit onefloridaconsortium.org/researchers/minority-education-program or contact Deborah Morrison at 352-294-5992 or dgmorrison@ufl.edu.