Partnerships & Community Initiatives
Community Compass Project
The Community Compass Project is a grassroots movement dedicated to increasing opportunities for individuals to consume a nutritionally balanced diet, engage in physical activities and support a smoke-free environment.
In 2002, the South Carolina General Assembly had the vision to establish the SmartState Program, funding it with proceeds from the South Carolina Education Lottery. The legislation authorizes the state's three public research institutions—Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina—to use state lottery funds to create Centers of Economic Excellence in research areas that will advance South Carolina's economy. The Hollings Cancer Center has tapped into this resource to recruit 11 nationally-recognized cancer scientists to South Carolina.
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Mobile Health Unit
The Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Health Unit is a 40-foot van designed to provide cancer screening, prevention education, early detection, and health counseling. The mission of the unit is to reach adults living in target areas of South Carolina who have difficulties accessing health care and who are at risk of developing cancer.
Each year, the Mobile Health Unit provides more than 2,000 free or low-cost screenings.
Current screening services include:
- Breast health: mammograms
- Prostate health: digital rectal exam, PSA
- Skin cancer: visual inspection of skin for suspicious moles or lesions
- Cervical health: PAP, pelvic exam
The Patient Navigation Program is a project funded by the Avon Foundation Inc. and is designed to ensure medically underserved patients have access to screening and follow-up breast care services. When it comes to accessing our health care system, many patients have tremendous barriers. This program helps patients overcome barriers and is the bridge to all treatment, ancillary, and community services. To provide a seamless system of care, we integrate our Avon-funded navigation program with other outreach efforts. In essence, the patient navigation program not only provides direct navigation services, but also serves as the delivery mechanism for other initiatives to include the Mobile Cancer Screening Services.
South Carolina Cancer Alliance
The South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to decreasing the burden of cancer on South Carolinians. Its goals are to maximize the impact of current programs, to expand resources and capacity, and to eliminate cancer disparities.
The SCCA leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of South Carolina’s state cancer plan, which provides the roadmap for identifying gaps, goals, and priorities. Together, we influence change and impact lives.
Hollings is a primary sponsor and member of the SCCA. A number of Hollings faculty and staff hold leadership positions in the organization and help guide its policy and the direction of the State Cancer Plan.
Read the 2011-2015 State Cancer Plan (PDF)
Learn more about the South Carolina Cancer Alliance
South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative
The South Carolina Tobacco Collaborative (SCTC) is a statewide assembly of the leading health organizations, community coalitions, and businesses committed to reducing the toll of tobacco use in South Carolina by providing resources and information on tobacco related policies to advocates, lawmakers and concerned citizens.
In partnership with the SCTC, the Hollings Cancer Center provides smoking cessation classes in local communities. These classes are evidence-based, culturally- sensitive tobacco cessation training sessions for ethnically diverse communities.
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS IRG)
The Hollings Cancer Center partners with the American Cancer Society on matters ranging from policy advocacy to patient support services. We are among a small group of cancer centers receiving the largest amount of ACS IRG funds in the nation. These awards are key to the Hollings Cancer Center’s mission of supporting the next generation of cancer scientists.
South Carolina Cancer Health Equity Consortium (SC CHEC)
Developed in the last five years, SC CHEC is a health equity research consortium between the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, Claflin University, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College. The unified vision of the consortium is to eliminate cancer disparities in SC.
Goals of the SC CHEC include:
1. Identifying and implementing effective new approaches to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment through collaborative research
2. Engaging community members in participatory research
3. Developing a pipeline to attract and train a new generation of scientists who reflect the population they will serve
To learn more and apply to the SC CHEC Summer Undergraduate Research Training Program, click here!