Organization Overview

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The “Impacting Cancer Health Disparities and Facilitating Cancer Health Equity in Breast, Multiple Myeloma, and Prostate Cancers in Underserved and Minority Populations: The cancer-Community Awareness Access Research & Education II (c-CARE II) Initiative” team is located at the Medical College of Georgia’s main campus in Augusta, GA (Richmond County) and is led by Dr. Martha Tingen. The Study is a collaboration wih the Georgia Cancer Center.

The c-CARE project framework was originally introduced in 2015, and utilizes the “train the trainer” method to deliver culturally-tailored educational intervention sessions at various community sites. Funding for the c-CARE II project was obtained through a grant from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, $3.38M.


Target Area & Objectives

The c-CARE II project seeks to recruit 600 African American (AA) adults (over 18 years of age) at 20 faith-based sites, rural and urban, from five Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) counties with a high percentage of AAs to include Burke, Jefferson, McDuffie, Richmond, and Wilkes. In general, the study target area ranks poorly in multiple socio-economic and health indicators, and the population has an increased risk for preventable cancer and poorer cancer outcomes.

The c-CARE II initiative is a research study designed to improve cancer outcomes—specifically breast, multiple myeloma, and prostate—in minority and underserved populations in a sustainable and collaborative community-based approach.cancer patient in doctor consult

This will be achieved by:

  1. Using trusted community- based trainers (i.e. Community Health Workers, CHWs), who the participants know and respect, to deliver cancer literacy and education materials
  2. Providing access and navigation to high-quality cancer screening and early detection services
  3. Assisting with navigation to proper care as indicated
  4. Sharing information about relevant medical and health related community-based resources
  5. Measuring pre- and post-intervention knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and changes in cancer health behaviors and outcomes.




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Site 1 - Rev. Dr. Augusta Hall

  • Bethel AME Church

Site 2 - Rev. Anthony Booker

  • Broadway Baptist Church

Site 3 - Rev. Tommie Benjamin

  • Trinity CME Church

Site 4 - , Rev. William Blount, Sr

  • Greater Young Zion Baptist Church

Site 5 - Rev. Dr. Johnny Hampton

  • Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church

Site 6 - Rev. Elliot Bing

  • Phillip Grove Baptist Church


Project Contacts

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Martha S. Tingen, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Project Director/Principal Investigator
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Matthew Humphries, MS, CCRP

  • Research Operations Manager
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Yvonne Daniel, BS, ACRP-CP

  • Project Coordinator
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Kiara Houston, MPH

  • Community Program Coordinator
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Yauna Godbee, BS

  • Community Program Assistant
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Jenna Anderson, BS

  • Community Program Assistant
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Joely Fields, BS

  • Community Program Assistant
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Danielle Jackson, BS

  • Community Program Assistant


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Dr. Marlo Vernon

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Dr. Mina Tsai

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Dr. Anand Jillella

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Dr. Priyanka Raval

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Dr. Zachary Klaassen

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Dr. John Henson, IV