Volunteers sought for SES-Related Cancer Disparities Program

APA’s Public Interest Directorate and Office of Socioeconomic Status seek community-minded professionals for a service opportunity through the Socioeconomic Status Related Cancer Disparities (SESRCD) Program

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SESRCD is a national initiative to build the capacity of community cancer-serving organizations to deliver evidence-based programs and services to socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.  To attain this goal, SESRCD strategizes short-term expertise from Behavioral and Social Scientists Volunteers (BSSVs) including, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and public health professionals, to address social, economic, and environmental barriers underlying U.S. cancer disparities.

The success of the SESRCD BSSV program is attributed to the quality and dedication of our experienced BSSVs, the program’s systematic service delivery process, and the passion and determination of the organizations receiving support.  Current BSSVs strongly attest to the professional and personal rewards of the program, including the opportunity to connect with grass-roots efforts to address cancer disparities, and the chance to provide volunteer professional services to organizations that can often least afford it.

Prospective volunteers typically have: 

  • Doctoral level degree in a behavioral or social science 

  • Experience and/or interest in reducing health disparities in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations (specific expertise on cancer is not required) 

  • Experience and/or interest in advocating for systemic organizational/community changes to improve health and advance health equity 

  • Desire to contribute in a meaningful way to local community efforts

Volunteers of the SESRCD Program will receive the following benefits: 

  • Professional development in delivering effective capacity building assistance to organizations serving socioeconomically disadvantaged populations 

  • Training in the latest cancer control and prevention sciences 

  • Opportunities to learn from, and network with, national experts 

  • Opportunities to facilitate and apply knowledge in practical and useful community settings 

  • Be a member of a group of social activist behavioral and social scientists committed to improving the health of underserved communities disproportionately affected by cancer 

If interested in learning more or participating in this exciting program, please email the SESRCD program or call (202) 218-3995 by Monday, October 31, 2011

SESRCD welcomes recommendations of colleagues who would be interested in this opportunity.