Building support for older rural African Americans with cancer - Jennifer A. Wenzel, Ph.D., R.N., C.C.M.

The Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars program was designed to increase the stature and academic standing of nursing faculty and draw more nurses to teaching careers by creating a cadre of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards to outstanding junior nursing faculty.High cost and lack of support resources related to cancer treatment may serve significant barriers to cancer treatment for African Americans. Economic concerns, lack of access to resources, and other barriers to care affecting rural AA elders contribute to this overall burden. Cancer patient navigation refers to the provision of support and guidance for individuals who need cancer services, assisting them to overcome existing barriers to obtaining quality care. The purpose of the proposed study is to develop, refine and conduct preliminary testing of an intervention to provide culturally appropriate navigation support for African American elders undergoing treatment for cancer in rural Virginia. Project deliverables for this group include: (1) culturally appropriate intervention to provide cancer patient navigation support for rural AA elders diagnosed and undergoing treatment for breast or prostate cancer -- the intervention will combine cancer treatment education, resource access, and navigation support provided by nurses and community health workers; (2) information on the acceptability and feasibility of and satisfaction with the intervention; and (3) an assessment of preliminary efficacy stress and functional status/QOL among rural AA elderly cancer patients randomized to one of two groups (immediate intervention or wait list control).

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $350,000.00

Awarded on: 8/13/2008

Time frame: 9/1/2008 - 8/31/2012

Grant Number: 64197


Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

525 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21205-2110


Jennifer A. Wenzel
Project Director