The fifth cohort of the Community Research Fellows Training (CRFT) program, a community training program offered through the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD), begins in May. This 17-week program, based on a Master of Public Health curriculum, provides community members interested in reducing health and cancer disparities with education and hands-on experience to take back to their own communities. Ideally, the CRFT alumni are able to address health disparities in their own neighborhoods to work towards PECaD’s goal of eliminating health disparities in the St. Louis region.
The CRFT program began in 2012 and has trained four classes so far. Previous alumni have engaged in community projects and received grant funding to explore ways to improve the health of their community members. May 2019 CRFT trainees will graduate in August with a certificate ceremony.