The EPRC has a broad range of partners, from federally qualified health centers and faith-based organizations in rural south Georgia to other universities across the country. Almost all of our research is conducted through a participatory process with strong community engagement and we practice community-based participatory research with our partners in south Georgia. Although much of our work is focused in rural south Georgia, the EPRC also partners with organizations in metro Atlanta and around the state. We are currently collaborating with United Way of Greater Atlanta to test and disseminate an intervention to promote smoke-free homes among 2-1-1 callers and with the Georgia Department of Public Health and five Regional Cancer Coalitions to evaluate the state’s colorectal cancer control program.
Our primary partner is the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia. The Cancer Coalition’s mission is to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia through community-based research, outreach, screening and education – all done with compassion and in collaboration with others who are concerned about cancer. The Coalition is made up of stakeholders representing diverse constituencies across a 30+county rural region that is comparatively disadvantaged in terms of socioeconomic status, and has a disproportionate burden of health risks. The Coalition was formed in 2001, and soon after received a Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) planning grant. The planning grant supported an extensive planning process and led to the Coalition's designation in 2003 as one of six GCC Regional Cancer Coalitions of Excellence.
The EPRC operates through a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB represents over 20 organizations and individuals in South Georgia who are committed to prevention research as a strategy for addressing the disproportionate impact of cancer and other chronic diseases in this region of the state. The CAB meets quarterly to guide EPRC activities and establishes work groups to collaborate more intensively on specific initiatives or projects, such as identifying training priorities, selecting mini-grantees, or designing and pilot testing a survey. The current CAB chair is Cecilia Morris and vice chair is Darrell Sabbs. Brenda Green, RN, BSN, MPA with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Southwest Health District is the immediate past chair. For a roster of our CAB membership, click here.