Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities

The Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is one of 23 Community Network Programs in the nation awarded funding in 2010 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. PECaD’s mission is to create a national model for eliminating local and regional disparities in cancer. To achieve this mission, the program goal is to work through general and cancer site-specific community partnerships to develop outreach/education, quality improvement and research, and training strategies that will foster healthy communities and environments less burdened by cancer disparities. 

Dr. Graham Colditz is the program director of PECaD. Several Division of Public Health Sciences faculty and staff members serve on PECaD’s Disparities Elimination Advisory Committee: Dr. Bettina Drake, Dr. Aimee James and Jennifer Tappenden.

Watch videos with our division researchers and physicians who participate in PECaD’s outreach campaign, 8 Ways to Prevent Cancer.

Learn about the Photovoice project, an NCI-funded grant addressing colorectal disparities.

Read past editions of PECaD's newsletter, STL Connection.

Read the 2015-2016 Report to Stakeholders.


Select PECaD Publications

To download a list of publications related to PECaD's research projects, click here.

Drake BF, Brown KM, Gehlert S, Wolf LE, Seo J, Perkins H, Goodman MS, Kaphingst KA. Development of Plain Language Supplemental Materials for the Biobank Informed Consent Process. J Cancer Educ. 2016 Apr 2. [Epub ahead ofprint] PubMed PMID: 27037699.

Drake BF, Boyd D, Carter K, Gehlert S, Thompson VS. Barriers and Strategies to Participation in Tissue Research Among African-American Men. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26341221; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4779426.

Brown KM, Drake BF, Gehlert S, Wolf LE, DuBois J, Seo J, Woodward K, Perkins H, Goodman MS, Kaphingst KA. Differences in preferences for models of consent for biobanks between Black and White women. J Community Genet. 2016 Jan;7(1):41-9.doi: 10.1007/s12687-015-0248-y. Epub 2015 Aug 25. PubMed PMID: 26304495; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4715814.

Hunleth JM, Steinmetz EK, McQueen A, James AS. Beyond Adherence: Health Care Disparities and the Struggle to Get Screened for Colon Cancer. Qual Health Res. 2016 Jan;26(1):17-31. doi: 10.1177/1049732315593549. Epub 2015 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 26160775; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4684740.

Wells AA, Shon EJ, McGowan K, James A. Perspectives of Low-Income African-American Women Non-adherent to Mammography Screening: the Importance of Information, Behavioral Skills, and Motivation. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26661256.

Arroyo-Johnson C, Allen ML, Colditz GA, Hurtado GA, Davey CS, Sanders Thompson VL, Drake BF, Svetaz MV, Rosas-Lee M, Goodman MS. A Tale of Two Community Networks Program Centers: Operationalizing and Assessing CBPR Principles and Evaluating Partnership Outcomes. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015;9 Suppl:61-9. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0026. PubMed PMID: 26213405; PubMed CentralPMCID: PMC4849855.

Braun KL, Stewart S, Baquet C, Berry-Bobovski L, Blumenthal D, Brandt HM, Buchwald DS, Campbell JE, Coe K, Cooper LC, Espinoza P, Henry-Tillman R, Hargreaves M, James A,... & Dignan M. The National Cancer Institute's Community Networks Program Initiative to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities: Outcomes and Lessons Learned. Prog Community Health Partnersh. 2015;9 Suppl:21-32. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2015.0017. PubMed PMID: 26213401; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4698458.

Drake BF, Tannan S, Anwuri VV, Jackson S, Sanford M, Tappenden J, Goodman MS, Colditz GA. A Community-Based Partnership to Successfully Implement and Maintain a Breast Health Navigation Program. J Community Health. 2015 Dec;40(6):1216-23.doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0051-z. PubMed PMID: 26077018; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4626535.

Fayanju OM, Kraenzle S, Drake BF, Oka M, Goodman MS. Perceived barriers to mammography among underserved women in a Breast Health Center Outreach Program. Am J Surg. 2014 Sep;208(3):425-34. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2014.03.005. Epub 2014 May 4. PubMed PMID: 24908357; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4135000.

Filippi MK, Pacheco J, James AS, Brown T, Ndikum-Moffor F, Choi WS, Greiner KA, Daley CM. American Indian Men's Perceptions of Breast Cancer Screening for American Indian Women. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2014 Summer;7(3):25-34. PubMed PMID: 25995972; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4435610. 

Thompson T, Seo J, Griffith J, Baxter M, James A, Kaphingst KA. The context of collecting family health history: examining definitions of family and family communication about health among African American women. J Health Commun. 2015 Apr;20(4):416-23. doi: 10.1080/10810730.2014.977466. Epub 2015 Mar 2. PubMed PMID: 25730634; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4385429.

Greiner KA, Daley CM, Epp A, James A, Yeh HW, Geana M, Born W, Engelman KK, Shellhorn J, Hester CM, LeMaster J, Buckles DC, Ellerbeck EF. Implementation intentions and colorectal screening: a randomized trial in safety-net clinics. Am J Prev Med. 2014 Dec;47(6):703-14. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.08.005. Epub 2014 Nov 18. PubMed PMID: 25455115; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4311575.

Thompson VL, Drake B, James AS, Norfolk M, Goodman M, Ashford L, Jackson S, Witherspoon M, Brewster M, Colditz G. A Community Coalition to Address Cancer Disparities: Transitions, Successes and Challenges. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec;30(4):616-22. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0746-3. PubMed PMID: 25351452; PubMedCentral PMCID: PMC4416074.

Colditz GA, McGowan LD, James AS, Bohlke K, Goodman MS. Screening for colorectal cancer: using data to set prevention priorities. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 Jan;25(1):93-8. doi: 10.1007/s10552-013-0311-0. Epub 2013 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 24146228; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3888950.