Strategies to reduce HPV, related cancers in African American men topic of CERC meeting Nov. 1

“Healthy Men, Healthy Communities: Strategizing to Reduce HPV and Related Cancers in African American Men” will be discussed on Friday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 1000 Halcyon Ave., Nashville, 37204.

The event is sponsored by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core (CERC).

A light breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP to attend by Oct. 30.

Please RSVP to or call (615) 963-2817.

Second Missionary Baptist Cooperative Ministries, Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center developed an educational program for African American men to reduce cancers and cancer disparities associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV) in Middle Tennessee. Community partners participated in research trainings while the academic partners learned how to  engage and recruit African American men for research. African American men provided insight on their educational needs, preferred information sources and channels to receive the program. This work led to the first cancer summit for African American men.

The presenters will detail how the partnership developed and how the mutually beneficial goals were achieved.

Presenters include:

  • Claudia Barajas, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Bishop Calvin Barlow, Second Missionary Baptist Cooperative Ministries
  • LaNese Campbell, Second Missionary Baptist Cooperative Ministries, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Jennifer Erves, Meharry Medical College