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African American Church-based Cohort

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: January 14, 2009
Last updated: September 12, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
The goal of this research study is to learn if certain factors may affect cancer rates among African Americans. These factors include behavioral, social, and environmental factors including diet and physical activity, cigarette smoking, cancer screening, health care, neighborhood environment, and mental health.

Condition Intervention
Cancer Behavioral: Questionnaire Other: Body Measurements Behavioral: Self-help Materials

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: African American Cancer Prevention Project: Establishing a Cohort to Investigate Health Disparities

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Feasibility Study Establishing African American Cancer Prevention Project (AACP) [ Time Frame: 2 Years ]
    A longitudinal study to learn if and how certain behavioral, social, and environmental factors may affect cancer rates among African Americans as compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

Estimated Enrollment: 1501
Study Start Date: December 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Windsor Village United Methodist Church
Questionnaire + Body Measurements + Self-help Materials
Behavioral: Questionnaire
Completed privately via computer at Windsor Village Church, approximately 75 minutes. Repeated at Months 12 and 24.
Other Name: Survey
Other: Body Measurements
Waist, hip, height, and weight measured privately. Repeated at Months 12 and 24.
Behavioral: Self-help Materials
Information on how to lower risk for developing cancer.

Detailed Description:

Study Procedures:

If you decide to take part in this study, you will complete study procedures at month 36 (the day you sign this consent form) and again every year for the next 2 years. These procedures include completing a questionnaire, having your body measurements taken, and receiving self-help materials.

At month 36, you will complete the questionnaire on a computer that is set up at the church in a private room. The questions will be about nutrition, exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, your neighborhood, age, education, social status, health status, stress, and racism. It should take about 75 minutes to complete. Your waist, hip, height, and weight will also be measured while you are in the private room.

Every year after that for the next 2 years, you will go back to the church to complete a new questionnaire each time. The questionnaires should take about 75 minutes to complete each time.

If you cannot get back to the church, you may complete the questionnaire over the phone. The study staff will provide you with the phone number and directions on how to complete the survey over the phone. Your measurements will be taken at the church, or at the Behavioral Research and Treatment Center (BRTC) at MD Anderson, whichever is more convenient for you.

At each study visit, you will also receive self-help materials on how to lower your risk for developing cancer.

Questionnaire Data:

Your questionnaire data will be used for research purposes only. Your responses will not be shared with your personal doctor. If you feel you need a doctor's opinion about anything that is asked about in the questionnaire (such as mental or emotional difficulties or symptoms), please contact your personal physician.

About 1 month after each you complete the questionnaire each time, the research staff will review and score your responses. If your scores suggest signs of depression, you will be given a list of resources for mental health screening.

Length of Study:

After 5 years, your active participation in this study will be over. You may be contacted in the future to see if you would agree to take part in other research studies.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 1,501 people will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Adult attendees of Windsor Village United Methodist Church living in Houston.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. be age 18 years old and above
  2. read and write English
  3. live in the Houston metro area
  4. have a viable (working) telephone number and home address

Exclusion Criteria:

1) None.

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00823394

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Lorna H. McNeill, MPH, PhD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00823394     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2007-0970
Study First Received: January 14, 2009
Last Updated: September 12, 2016

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
African American
African American Cancer Prevention Project
Health Disparities
Body Measurements
Cancer Rates
Prevention processed this record on August 18, 2017