HPRC facilitates and conducts community-based dissemination and implementation research through the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARC NW) to reduce the burden of cancer, particularly for low-income and ethnic and cultural minority populations at risk of health inequities. ARC NW is one of eight member centers in the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) – a national collaborative effort that is funded by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The CPCRN is a thematic network within the CDC’s Prevention Research Center Program cooperative agreement (#U48-DP-005013).
Expertise and Reach
ARC NW is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of partners who represent a deep and varied background of expertise that includes health disparities research, health systems collaborations, clinic-based interventions, workplace health promotion, dissemination and implementation research, health communications, health economics, and implementing cancer screening programs for the un/under-insured. Our partners are researchers, health practitioners, public health professionals, cancer survivors, and community agencies.
Community Partnership and Research
Prevention Research Centers Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN)
ARC NW has been a collaborating member center in the CPCRN since 2002. ARC NW collaborates with other members of the network on Signature Network Projects, as well as informal working groups. CPCRN research activities include studying the dissemination of the HPV vaccine, assessing the use of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) by CDC’s national cancer screening programs’ (NBCCEDP and CRCCP) grantees and their implementation partners, and collaborating with Federally Qualified Health Centers to advance the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based cancer programs to clinics providing primary care to underserved populations.
Collaborations with Washington State Department of Health & WA CARES Partnership
ARC NW has collaborated with the WA State DOH for over a decade by providing assessment and evaluation technical support and assistance to support their efforts to use EBIs to prevent and screen for cancer. ARCNW’s work with WA DOH has included conducting needs assessments and evaluations with collaborating community-based organizations to evaluate their cancer screening programs, serving on WA CARES Task Forces and Committees, evaluating DOH-sponsored educational sessions to improve provider/clinic staff’s cancer screening practices and use of EBIs, and providing evaluation support to Washington State’s Breast, Cervical, and Colon Health Program which administers cancer screening promotion and services supported by the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).