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Sacramento Community Cancer Coalition

Healing Begins with Faith

Imani Clinic 

Mission: To intervene and reduce cancer deaths among the underserved communities of Sacramento. The coalition utilizes a community-based model applied over the entire continuum of care for those at risk as well as those diagnosed with cancer through our efforts. The coalition shall also act as an advocate for patient rights as applies to the provision of culturally competent information for full informed decision-making among the newly diagnosed with cancer.

Why: Cancer disproportionately impacts on the underserved in our community. Although not exclusive to the African American population, it comprises a significant portion of the underserved and has been the most studied in the medical literature analyzing the relationship of race and cancer prognosis. African Americans demonstrate the greatest disparities in cancer incidence and death rates when compared to Caucasians. Cancer death rates among African American men are 35% higher than Caucasian while for African American women the comparative is 18% higher. Cancer as a cause of death is second to heart disease among African Americans, however among U.S. Asian Pacific Islanders, cancer is the leading cause of death. Breast cancer rates in U.S. Asian women are 60% higher than those found in the women’s native countries whereas liver cancer rates are at least twice that of U.S. Caucasians, implicating diet and lifestyle.

Managing Partner: Darryl C. Hunter, MD, Col, USAFR

Honorary Board: Senator Richard Pan, Assembly Member Jim Cooper, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, UC Davis Dean Julie Fleischlag

Advisors: Balazs “Ernie” Bodai, MD, Allan Y. Chen, MD, PhD, Marlene von Friederichs-Fitzwater, PhD, MPH, Darryl C. Hunter, MD, Melanie Parker, MD, Ronald Jan, MD, Aminah Najib, MD, La Donna Porter, MD

Member Organizations:
Albie Aware, American Cancer Society, AAPCI, California Colorectal Cancer Coalition, Capitol Medical Society, Carrie’s Touch, Dr Ernest and Arthella Hunter Foundation, Effort Clinic, Every Woman Counts, Minority Association of Pre-medical Students, Permanente African American Physician Group, Sacramento NAACP, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, 100 Black Men of Sacramento Inc., Saving Our Legacy, Sacramento Black Nurses Susan G. Komen Foundation, UC Davis Cancer Center, Bayanihan Clinic, Imani, Joan
Viteria Memorial Clinic, Paul Hom Asian Clinic, Shifa Clinic, VN CARES, Willow Clinic

Cancer Disparities Symposium: In recognition of Multicultural Cancer Awareness Week during the third week of April, the Coalition joins the UC Davis Cancer Center
in hosting the Sacramento Cancer Disparities Symposium. On April 24, 2010, the first ever symposium of national experts addressing the spectrum of cancer disparities in underserved communities was held in Northern California. Presentations included successful cancer screening programs utilizing venue of student-run clinics, keynote speaker Dr. Mack Roach who presented unique clinical trial analyses not previously published and a cancer survivors panel sharing their experiences of the cancer journey. Over 70 attendees participated and greater than 90% of those surveyed rated all program elements as highly satisfactory. A second Cancer Disparities Symposium held Apr 25, 2011, focused on colorectal cancer disparities, attracted faculty of national renown and soliciting the participation of student clinic poster presentations.

Health Fairs: The Coalition hosts health fairs conducting free breast and prostate cancer screening for underserved populations in Sacramento. The first was held on Sep 26, 2009, in conjunction with Imani Clinic resulting in over 60 attendees receiving free cancer testing or free comprehensive vision testing and eyewear through onsite mobile eye clinic services provided by Vision Services Plan. This initiative successfully reached a vulnerable hard to reach African American population achieving a level of statistical significance in comparison with the clinic’s prior 9 months of operation, outcomes accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2010. The abstract was published as part of the meeting proceedings in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, making it the first ever published effort of cancer screening conducted in the venue of a student-run clinic. Since our inaugural event, the SCCC has hosted a total of six health fairs which since 2011 have taken a multicultural focus and included five of the student-run clinics and the Minority Association of Pre-medical Students (MAPS) as participants. In addition, the SCCC has collaborated as a sponsor of 16 individual clinic mammography events since 2010. Medical services provided include over nearly 1100 vision exams, over 800 mammograms and breast exams, over 100 prostate exams, and over 50 dental exams.