Medical Research

Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Inc.

  • Atlanta, GA
  • www.georgiacore.org

Mission Statement

To provide higher quality, better organized, more cost effective cancer care in order to improve the health of Georgians.

Main Programs

  1. Patient Navigation and Survivorship
  2. Clinical Research Network
  3. Breast Cancer Prevention & Screening
  4. Education and Outreach
  5. Breast Cancer Genomics
Service Areas

Self-reported

Georgia

Georgia CORE primarily serves the state of Georgia; however, educational programs, consultation and presentations are provided regionally, nationally and internationally.

ruling year

2005

CEO since 2005

Self-reported

Ms. Nancy M Paris MS, FACHE

Vice President

Self-reported

Ms. Angie K. Patterson

Keywords

Self-reported

Cancer Research, Navigation, Screening, Genomics, Survivorship and Clinical Trialss inical Trials, Oncology Research

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Also Known As

Georgia CORE

EIN

57-1159979

 Number

0743576651

Physical Address

50 Hurt Plaza Suite 704

Atlanta, GA 30303

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cancer Research (H30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (E05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Georgia CORE marshals several cancer-focused entities into a single force to help Georgians fight the disease. Specifically, Georgia CORE accelerates the exchange of new knowledge and promising practices of cancer care among Georgia healthcare providers; expands the number and reach of new clinical trials and treatments across the state; promotes cancer awareness, prevention and screening in communities throughout Georgia; engages experts and survivors in the development and evaluation of cancer programs and generates broader, deeper support for patients, caregivers and survivors by helping them locate doctors, cancer centers and community resources in Georgia. The sum total of these efforts is a healthier Georgia – with a higher quality of cancer care, delivered more equitably to disparate populations and with a greater likelihood of discovering breakthrough therapies for the disease.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Patient Navigation and Survivorship

An advisory board of cancer survivors guides the development of programs including comprehensive online cancer information centers (GeorgiaCancerInfo.org and GeorgiaCancerInfo.org/survivorship) to connect patients and survivors to needed resources. A statewide network of patient navigators receives training, tools and support to assist patients and survivors in cancer centers across the state.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$180,364

Program 2

Clinical Research Network

Affiliates of Georgia CORE's research network -- academic and community cancer centers -- work collaboratively to increase access to clinical trials in local communities where the majority of cancer care is provided. Georgia CORE administers the GA NCORP (NCI Community Oncology Research Program) network which provides access to NCI studies to over fifty oncologists who enroll hundreds of patients on clinical trials.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$875,155

Program 3

Breast Cancer Prevention & Screening

Staff of Georgia CORE worked with elected officials to establish the Georgia Breast Cancer License Tag program. $22 from each tag purchased is granted by Georgia CORE to qualified non-profits based on peer reviewed grants. More than $3 million has been distributed to improve breast cancer prevention and screening for uninsured and underserved women.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$419,056

Program 4

Education and Outreach

Georgia CORE's staff and investigators develop publications, white papers, scientific posters and give presentations to share findings and data. The organization also promotes cancer prevention, screening and access to resources with state and local partners.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$123,651

Program 5

Breast Cancer Genomics

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Consortium, Georgia CORE piloted an online genomic risk assessment program beginning in 2012. Screening for potential risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) is available using the B-RST (TM) on BreastCancerGeneScreen.org, a genetic testing fund is availble for underserved women, genetic counseling and services are available to women with gene mutations and education is provided to healthcare professionals, patients and survivors.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$132,051

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of Cancer Clinical Trials Listed in GeorgiaCancerInfo.org database

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Clinical Research Network
TOTALS BY YEAR
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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To improve quality of care for patients and quality of life for survivors with a particular emphasis on reaching racial and ethnic minorities, rural and underserved populations by:

    Expanding the reach of clinical trials, new and improvement cancer treatments
    Promoting cancer risk reduction, prevention and screening
    Engaging cancer experts and survivors in the development and evaluation of programs and services
    Connecting patients and survivors to doctors, treatment, research and resources
    Exchanging best and promising practices among cancer care professionals
    Disseminating research, accomplishments and experience through professional conferences, whitepapers and peer-reviewed publications
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Higher Quality Care
    *Bring new and improved oncology treatment options, drugs and discoveries, including precision medicine, to Georgians with cancer
    *Enhance Georgia CORE's collaborative and nationally-recognized research network through research and education
    Better Organized Care
    *Continually enhance and update GeorgiaCancerInfo.org the statewide resource for searchable, comprehensive information on cancer care, clinical trials and oncologists
    *Provide interactive resources via GeorgiaCancerInfo.org/Survivorship
    Patient Centered Care
    *Conduct and disseminate findings of statewide assessment of needs of cancer survivors
    *Engage patients and survivors in development and evaluation of research and programs
    More Cost Effective Care
    *Facilitate diagnosis of cancer at earlier stages
    *Promote genetic testing to identify and target effective treatment options
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that unites experts, survivors, healthcare and cancer-fighting organizations into a single force -- to provide a higher caliber of care for patients and better quality of life for survivors throughout Georgia. The organization's capabilities are defined by the following assets and resources:

    *Board of Directors of diverse cancer experts from academic and community cancer centers
    *Research Network of academic, community and public health centers reaching all corners of the state
    *GeorgiaCancerInfo.org a comprehensive online information center of all cancer treatment centers, oncologists and clinical trials in Georgia certified by Health-on-the-Net
    *Cancer Survivorship Connection led by an Advisory Board of cancer survivors and caregivers anchored by GeorgiaCancerInfo.org/Survivorship
    *Genomic risk assessment, testing and counseling program featuring online risk assessment, telehealth consultation and free genetic testing for under-served women
    *Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, co-sponsored by the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO), which provides training and resources for navigators and caregivers
    *Distribution of grants exceeding $3 million to dozens of healthcare and community organizations from proceeds of Breast Cancer License Tag sales
    *Diverse base of funding from government grants, research contracts and private contributions
    *National recognition for accrual to clinical trials and high rates of minority participation in research and screening


  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Before Georgia CORE's founding, Georgians with cancer often had to travel outside the state for treatment. Funding for research lagged other states. But with investments from the state of Georgia, foundations, research organizations and many partners, Georgia CORE has put the pieces in place to strengthen cancer care. The number of clinical trials available has increased significantly, an increased number of cancer centers in Georgia have developed research programs and received accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, funding for research grants and clinical trials has grown dramatically. Georgia has a collaborative culture of oncology with academic and community based oncologists working together on research, quality and educational initiatives. Georgia CORE has also developed numerous innovations to enhance quality and availability of care including its research network, websites, convening of survivors and navigators. As a result, cancer mortality in Georgia has declined, mirroring the national trend. Georgia CORE is one important reason why.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Georgia has experienced an eight-fold increase in availability of clinical trials (from 80 to 650) and Georgia CORE's research network has expanded from 7 to 34 locations building capacity and infrastructure to offer the newest and most promising cancer treatments across the state. Trials conducted through Georgia CORE's research network have generated high rates of accural of racial and ethnic minorities (averaging four times the national estimate of 5%). Multiple innovations have been introduced including the Cancer Survivorship Connection, Cancer Patient Navigators of Georgia, and the use of multiple web applications including GeorgiaCancerInfo.org and GeorgiaCancerInfo.org/Survivorship and BreastCancerGeneScreen.org. Support from leading partners including the State of Georgia, Georgia Research Alliance, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) and grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Cancer Institute (NCI), Georgia Departments of Public Health and Community Health, Aflac, Glenn Family Foundation and Tom and Karen Chapman have contributed to Georgia CORE's growth and impact. Georgia CORE's greatest need is for financial stability. Key programs operate largely on "soft money" with contact challenges to raise funds and awareness.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Georgia

Georgia CORE primarily serves the state of Georgia; however, educational programs, consultation and presentations are provided regionally, nationally and internationally.

Funding Needs

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership supported by grants, research contracts, contributions and gifts-in-kind.  Our three top funding priorities are: Clinical Research Network Survivorship Resources and Education Breast Cancer Genomics Screening and Services

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Georgia Center For Oncology Research and Educaton Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education, Inc.

Leadership

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CEO

Ms. Nancy M Paris MS, FACHE

Vice President

Ms. Angie K. Patterson

BIO

Nancy Paris is the founding President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education. Ms. Paris' career has focused on addressing community health issues including cancer, homelessness, rural health and HIV/AIDS. In 2001 she was appointed to serve under Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes in the development of a statewide cancer initiative funded through Georgia's tobacco settlement. She was the Vice President of the Georgia Cancer Coalition until 2005 when she became the CEO of Georgia CORE. Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that unites physicians, academic scientists, researchers, educators, public health professionals and survivors in a statewide effort to improve quality of cancer care for patients and quality of life for survivors. Georgia CORE's programs have resulted in translation of evidence into practice; significant increases in access and accrual to clinical trials, particularly among minority, elderly, rural and ethnic populations; and statewide cancer screening, genomics, navigation and survivorship initiatives.

Ms. Paris has a Master's Degree in Health Policy and Administration from Mercer University with a Bachelor's Degree and Civil Mediation training from the University of Georgia. She has held executive leadership roles with the Saint Joseph's Health System, Georgia Baptist Health System and Visiting Nurse Health System, and has a particular interest in healthcare leadership and disparities. She the author of numerous publications on these topics. Ms. Paris is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Fellow of the Griffith Leadership Institute of the University of Michigan, and a Healthier Communities Fellow of the American Hospital Association (formerly Health Forum). She serves on the Boards of Directors of Saint Joseph's Health System, Emory Healthcare, MedShare and the Georgia Health Foundation.

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STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The commitment and compassion of Georgia's oncology community has always impressed me. In fact, I find it inspirational.

48,000 Georgians are diagnosed with cancer each year and it's a frightening disease. Thankfully our state is on the leading edge in science, technology and clinical care so treatment options of the highest caliber are available. We have leading oncologists and cancer care professionals in accredited, state-of-the-art facilities -- essential ingredients in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

But time and again I have heard from cancer patients that it is more than skill, training and facilities that make the difference in their cancer journey. They recount vividly the compassionate concern of the doctors, nurses, social workers and navigators who provided care and treatment. And they define compassion as an essential ingredient of quality care and of healing. By responding to the needs, feelings and concerns of patients, survivors and their families, Georgia's oncology community demonstrates its commitment to excellence in cancer care that is patient-centered.

The commitment to excellence doesn't end there, however. Each and every day Georgia oncologists are searching for cures and new treatment options by conducting clinical trials and collaborating with their colleagues in academic centers and community practices. Together they ensure that the most promising and effective cancer care is available – here and now. Oncologists working with and through Georgia CORE have extended the reach of new cancer treatments and discoveries to racial and ethnic minorities, senior citizens and rural residents across the state. The result is a statewide model of cancer care that is unique and impactful.

Through Georgia CORE, GeorgiaCancerInfo.org and GeorgiaCancerInfo.org/Survivorship we invite you to learn about the care, treatment, clinical trials, resources and support available and the growth and success of Georgia's inspirational oncology community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Andrew W. Pippas MD

John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Regional Health

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?