RTI International has won a $3 million contract to conduct an evaluation of the National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Program.

The contract is for 3 ½ years.

RTI researchers will review the pilot program at 10 health-care organizations and 16 cancer-treatment programs at hospitals. The Cancer Institute program is designed to help bring the newest scientific advantages and innovative care to local communities.

"The program seeks to bring more Americans into a system of high-quality cancer care, increase participation in clinical trials, reduce cancer health-care disparities, and improve information sharing among community cancer centers," said Debra Holden of RTI, who is the principal investigator for the project. She also is director of Community Health Promotion Research at RTI.

"Our evaluation will help the National Cancer Institute know whether this program is meeting these goals and where improvements could be made, before expanding the program,” she added.