Cancer in African American Men

The SC 20-Year Trends for Incidence, Mortality, and Survival and Cancer in African American Men in South Carolina reports show data indicating that African American men are dying from cancer at a higher rate than their counterparts in the state of South Carolina. The timeline below represents the strategies developed and work completed to increase awareness and prevention among the SC Cancer Alliance, SCDHEC, communities, and organizations serving this priority population.

June 2018

Faith-based initiative begun in Chester and Darlington Counties

Faith-based Initiative Summary Evaluation Faith-based Initiative Leadership Feedback

October 2018

20 year trends in South Carolina cancer incidence, mortality, and survival report released

20 Year Report 20 Year Report 1-Pager

2019

Community presentations in Darlington, Chester, Florence, Orangeburg, and Georgetown counties given

March 2019

20 year trend report shared with legislators. Key findings were highlighted which included the high burden of cancer in AA men.

May 2019

The Alliance received a grant to expand it's faith based efforts in Chester County

September 2019

Men’s Health Day in Elgin, SC held

October 2019

"Cancer in African American Men Report" published

Cancer in African American Men Report

December 2019

"Blue Granite Day" held in Columbia, SC

Blue Granite Day Summary Evaluation

February 2020

"Cancer in African American Men Action Plan" released

Cancer in African American Men Action Plan

March 2020

Health Equity Mini-Grants offered

Health Equity Mini-Grants Application


Appeal for prostate cancer screening coverage by Medicaid made to legislators

June 2020

"Cancer in African American Men Provider Recommendations” released

Cancer in African American Provider Recommendations


Health Equity Mini-Grants awarded

2020 Health Equity Mini-Grant Awardees’ 6-month Evaluation

August 2020

Cancer in African American Men Podcasts released

September 2020

Podcasts for faith-based and community organizations highlighting Cancer in African American Men created and distributed

October 2020

Social media campaign, including videos, begun

December 2020

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia virtual town hall held


Black Health Matters – Men’s Health webinar held


Cancer in African American Men Leadership Group meeting held

January 2021

Brookland Baptist Cancer Survivorship Support Group initiated

March 2021

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia virtual town hall held


Second appeal for prostate cancer screening coverage by Medicaid made to legislators

May 2021

Presentation of work group recommendations to address Cancer in African American Men made to Black Caucus

June 2021

SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health legislative brief released


Presentation to Alliance for Healthier South Carolina made


Presentation to SC Academy of Family Physicians’ Summer Break Away made


SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health legislative brief released


SC DHHS agrees to cover prostate cancer screening under the Healthy Connections Medicaid program.


Contracted with the Southern Group to secure 500k to implement a community health care workers program to increase cancer screening in men.

Planned for 2021

Achieve Medicaid coverage to prostate cancer screenings


Create statewide men’s cancer screening program


Illustrate cost benefit of screening versus treatment


Develop messaging through American Medical Association (AMA)


Achieve legislative support for Cancer in African American Men initiatives


Address tobacco use in African American men

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The Alliance relies on active involvement by individuals and organizations statewide to assess priorities and to develop, implement, and evaluate the success of our projects. The Alliance leadership, which includes our Board of Directors and staff, provides a statewide infrastructure; however, only through the grassroots efforts of committed partners across the state will we achieve our goals. Join Us