Working with Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Lazarex Cancer Foundation is committed to building healthy communities, giving voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless through the Community IMPACT program.
Goal of Community iMPACT
- Improve understanding and awareness of the burden of cancer on patients and their families
- Create opportunities for the prevention and treatment of cancer for residents in minority and disadvantaged communities in Philadelphia, as well as health practitioners and policy makers, in order to inform the development and implementation of strategies to prevent cancer, treat it more effectively and create equitable access to cancer resources.
- Make this program replicable in other markets
The project will combine exemplary public health qualitative and quantitative assessment and research methods with a grassroots community engagement effort in communities that are often not invited to lead their own health futures. The impact of the initiative will be to transform both the way we think about cancer prevention and the actions we implement to reduce cancer burden and disparities.
The community Impact project will be build around a place based, community-led model of engagement, developing an approach and team of community advocates at the Drexel Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in West Philadelphia, and then extending this model out to other neighborhoods, medical, and academic centers in Philadelphia through peer-to-peer community leadership and direction.