The Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) is one of the 26 Prevention Research Centers across the US funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a planned collaboration of community members, public health professionals, and researchers designed to reduce the health disparities associated with cervical cancer, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer among residents of the Kentucky River Health District and other rural communities in Appalachia.
The mission of the UK RCPC to reduce cancer incidence and mortality rates among under served rural residents of an eight-county health district located in the heart of SE, KY. The PRC is strategically located in the center of the Kentucky River Area Development District (KR-ADD). The strength and commitment of our existing community advisory board coupled with an enduring investment in the PRC by the University of Kentucky provides an important opportunity to achieve this mission using community-based participatory research.