SESRCD Program’s 2012 BSSV cohort

The SESRCD Programs Behavioral Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) program provides free, short-term capacity building assistance to cancer-serving professionals and organizations.  BSSVs are practical scientists trained in a wide range of academic disciplines, including psychology, sociology, public health, anthropology and education and are familiar with the science behind evidence and practice-based interventions used to reduce health disparities in cancer.  Their applied expertise assists organizations in their efforts to tailor interventions and services to meet the needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

The SESRCD Program began recruiting their Year 4 cohort of BSSVs in early Fall of 2011 and received an overwhelming response of over 275 enthusiastic and qualified applicants. The outpouring of interest made the decision-making process exceedingly difficult. Due to limitations posed by grant capacity, the program could only invite 30 professionals (10 more than prior years) to join the cohort of 70 existing BSSVs.  The incoming BSSVs will be asked to attend 2-day training in New Orleans, LA scheduled for Spring 2012.