The Action Team leads prostate cancer awareness and education activities for people of color in North Carolina. The disparity in health outcomes for African-American men is well documented. Engaging these men in leadership roles within the prostate cancer movement is essential to our success.
Pursuant to our mission, we engage in a number of significant activities. This includes barbershop campaigns, manning informational booths at health fairs and athletic events, and attending the Governor’s Annual African-American Male Summit. Our speaker’s bureau routinely participates in events and activities populated by African-American men and their families to inform, mobilize, and secure needed resources.
Our primary goals are to:
educate minority men and their families throughout NC about prostate cancer.
promote statewide access (both rural and urban) to care for minority men who need to be screened for prostate cancer.
advocate for state, local, and federal funds for minority prostate cancer research.
build a statewide network of organizations, agencies and leaders to make prostate cancer a state and national priority and establish a database that informs accountability of leaders and individuals in the society.
provide vehicles of support for men diagnosed with prostate cancer; with a particular focus on African-American men and men of color.
The success of the Action Team is rooted in the critical element of engaging African-American leaders to direct the design of outreach and education services for the community. This approach has proven successful for developing culturally appropriate interventions and activities. It has also created a model wherein Action Team members are viewed as “brothers” in the fight to improve the health of other African-American men and men of color.