Our mission:

To reduce the overall burden of cancer by eliminating cancer disparities and making effective methods of preventing and controlling cancer available to all. 

PI:  Dr. James R. Hébert


The South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network –II (SCCDCN-II) is one of 23 Community Network Programs Centers (CNPCs) funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Our goal is to reduce cancer disparities through community-based participatory cancer education, research and training. Each of the funded CNPCs target disparate populations that are negatively impacted by cancer and cancer-related diseases. We, in South Carolina, focus on the African-American population, a group in a region with a much higher-than-average cancer incidence and extraordinarily high mortality rate given its incidence rates. The SCCDCN-II’s overarching goal is to contribute materially to understanding the underlying causes of cancer-related health disparities, discover and develop effective interventions that to lower incidence, improve survival and reduce suffering, and to deliver these innovations to high-risk populations.


The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. The CPCRN, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), provides an infrastructure for applying relevant research to local cancer prevention and control needs. It is a subgroup of the CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRCs), which are the CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases.

The focus of Columbia's Cooking! is  on making healthy living taste great.  So much of our life revolves around food and research is proving that what we eat impacts our health, whether it is prevention or control of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic illness.  However, for many people eating equates to complicated menus with no taste, excitement, or enjoyment.  Columbia's Cooking is changing this perception through hands-on cooking experiences aimed at showing healthy cooking tastes great and uses ingredients found at your local  store.  In both the demonstration and hands-on classes participants know where every ingredient comes from, how each one is used in the dishes created, and what the final creation tastes like.  Classes are offered throughout the year.  For more information about our services, please see the links below.

Fall 2014 Classes

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      An Evening with Mrs. Pastides

    Public Classes | 6:00-8:00pm

    October 8th


      Healthy Habits for a Fantastic Fall with Lere Robinson

    Hearty Gluten-Free Salad and Gluten-Free Treat  | November 6th

    Holiday Recipe Makeovers | November 13th

    Passing on Healthy Habits | November 20th


    $35/class | $25/student/senior/military


    $210/series | $150/series

 Register Here 

USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides' new book available from USC Press
Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of Greek Revival: Cooking for Life, heads to the garden in this new cookbook that makes a do-it-yourself healthful lifestyle possible, offering guidance on how to pursue healthy eating, starting from the ground up.