SEMPAC >> About Us

community The SEMPAC Center is a network of community organizations focused on cancer health disparities among older African Americans in the metropolitan Detroit area with four types of cancer: breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate. SEMPAC will reach these goals through two research projects: Improving Patient – Doctor Communication, and African Americans Beliefs’ about Biospecimen Collection and Use in Research, a community outreach program and a training program.

The Southeast Michigan Partners Against Cancer (SEMPAC) Center continues to enhance the existing CNP network of community partners, and we have engaged our community in every facet of our program, including administration, community outreach, training and research. We are also continually working to establish and maintain a distinct brand for SEMPAC within the community. We have created and disseminated a logo, we are utilizing social media outlets, and we disseminate an electronic newsletter on a monthly basis. We have also created an extensive Gantt chart using MS Project Manager software to enable us to view and monitor progress across all cores, and this is shared with community partners. Our full research project, Improving Patient Doctor Communication (IPDC) is well underway, and our pilot research project, Beliefs About Biospecimen Collection and Use in Research (Beliefs), is in the final phase of data collection. Our community outreach efforts are ongoing, and we recently hired a new Community Health Educator. We are actively involved with the Michigan Cancer Consortium and have representation on many of the committees, as well as the Board of Directors. The Training Core has established an active and highly effective mentoring program for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members in health disparities research and community based participatory research.