The goal of the CECCR initiative is to catalyze major advances in cancer communication by facilitating growth in
knowledge about cancer communication, translating theory and programs into practice, and training health
communication scientists focused on cancer communication research. The unique transdisciplinary efforts of the
four centers will result in new knowledge and techniques for communicating complex health information to the
public with potential for achieving reductions in the U.S. cancer burden.
Our Other Centers
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Technology Enhancing Cancer Communication Research
The goal of the University of Wisconsin (UW) Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research is to advance
interactive cancer communication systems (ICCSs) to improve the quality of life of patients and families facing
cancer across the disease spectrum, with special emphasis on underserved populations.
Washington University at St. Louis
Health Communication Research Laboratory
Washington U’s CECCR1 research advanced the cancer communication science by identifying effective strategies
for increasing the reach and relevance of cancer information for low-income African American populations.
CECCR2 explores ways to maximize the population benefit of such science by testing disparity-reducing interventions
in large-scale studies conducted in real world settings within existing cancer control systems, thus enhancing
the potential for dissemination.
University of Michigan
Center for Health Communication Research
The purpose of the Michigan Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research is to develop an efficient,
theory-driven model for generating tailored health behavior interventions that can be used across health behaviors
and sociodemographic populations. The research conducted by the Center aims to advance the evidence base, methodologies,
technologies and conceptual frameworks relevant to developing and implementing tailored health communication interventions.
HMO Cancer Research Network
Cancer Communication Research Center
Established in 1999 as a part of the HMO Research Network, the Cancer Research Network (CRN) - with over 10 million
enrollees - was among the first consortia of delivery system-based research networks. The primary goal of the Center
is to use the CRN as a shared laboratory of clinical settings and the organizational resources that support them
to identify and test optimal communication and coordination processes that facilitate patient-centered cancer care
across the cancer care continuum. The secondary goal of our Center is to employ proven frameworks and concepts from
communication, dissemination, and implementation research to heighten communication effectiveness, external validity,
and the diffusion potential of cancer communication interventions in clinical settings.