The Persistent Poverty Initiative (PPI) is the first major program to address the structural and institutional factors to alleviate the cumulative effects of poverty on cancer outcomes by building research capacity, fostering cancer prevention research, and partnering with communities to promote the implementation of community-based programs. It is coordinated by the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute (NCI). These awards created five new Centers for Cancer Control Research in Persistent Poverty Areas that will advance key priorities to reduce inequities in the structural drivers of cancer. Each center works with targeted low-income communities to implement and measure the effectiveness of structural interventions for cancer control and prevention, follow-up care, and survivorship. In addition, the centers help train a pipeline of early-career investigators to work with underserved communities in conducting multilevel intervention research.
This is the first annual meeting of the PPI being held November 6-7, 2023, both in person at NCI Shady Grove and virtually. This meeting will highlight each of center’s overall goal and the projects aims. This will also be an opportunity for those interested in working with communities in persistent poverty to work with the funded centers to expand their areas of inclusion and impact. The first day of the meeting (November 6th) is a full day of sessions and open to the public with all welcome to attend. The second day of the meeting (November 7th) is a closed session, limited to NCI staff and funded centers.