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 south Georgia, the EPRC also partners with organizations in metro Atlanta and around the state as well as across the U.S. and globally.
Our primary partner is Horizons Community Solutions of South Georgia. Horizon’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. Horizons 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. Horizons (formerly Cancer Coalition of South Georgia) 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 designation in 2003 as one of six GCC Regional Cancer Coalitions of Excellence.
The EPRC work in South Georgia operates through a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB represents over 15 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 regularly 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.