About

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.