Cancer Disparities Research Collaborative

What is the CDRC?

The CDRC consists of a group of eight Black churches, an interdisciplinary team of culturally sensitive researchers, and a health disparities research support staff working collaboratively to conduct community-based participatory research that will lead to interventions and large grants that aim to help prevent and/or reduce cancers among Blacks and others who live in the East Gaineville Community in Gainesville, Florida.

The Black churches are located in or serve the East Gainesville Community (the target community), which has the lowest household incomes in Gainesville. These Black churches are called satellite CDRCs, and they are supported and operated in partnership with the UF Health Cancer Center. The ultimate goal of this partnership and the satellite CDRCs is to help prevent and reduce cancers, cancer disparities, and cancer deaths among Blacks and others who live in the target community and later among Blacks and other disparity groups beyond this target community.


CDRC Foundation Churches

New CDRC Partner Churches


Power Over Cancer series

Power Over Cancer is an event series that aims to provide an opportunity for cancer leaders, researchers and clinicians at the UF Health Cancer Center and members of the East Gainesville community to share ways to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural sensitivity in the cancer prevention, care and research that occurs at or with the support of the center. 

Feb. 11, 2023

Power Over Prostate Cancer: A Gathering for Black Men and the Family Members Who Love Them

The Power Over Prostate Cancer gathering drew a packed crowd of about 200 Black men, family members and other members of the Gainesville community on Feb. 11, 2023, at Springhill Church. The gathering included presentations on prostate cancer prevention and new treatments by UF Health oncologists Thomas Stringer, M.D., and William Mendenhall, M.D., FACR. It also provided the opportunity for attendees to discuss the impact of prostate cancer in small group discussion sessions, ask questions during a panel session and get information about UF cancer research studies.