VCU Massey Cancer Center offers the following community programs to address cancer disparities in the communities it serves.
Cancer Research and Resource Centers
Serving Southern Virginia since 2010, the Cancer Research and Resource Centers (CRRCs) function in two respects. As research centers, staff work with researchers at state universities to bring research studies to those living in our communities. As resource centers we provide up-to-date and helpful information on cancer risk reduction, as well as help cut through the clutter and fear of a very stressful diagnosis by directing cancer patients, survivors and their networks of support to reliable sources. The CRRCs two offices, one in Danville and one in Lawrenceville, are both located along the State Highway 58 corridor. They are outreach offices of the Office of Health Equity and Disparities Research within Massey and are funded by Massey and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.
Massey Farm Stand
Research continues to show that proper nutrition plays an important role in cancer prevention and control. To help provide cancer patients access to fresh produce, VCU Massey Cancer Center has partnered with Richmond-based urban farm Tricycle to establish a monthly farm stand outside of Massey’s downtown oncology clinics. Additionally, a grant from the McKesson Foundation allows eligible SNAP/EBT participants to receive $2 worth of fruits and vegetables for every $1 of benefits spent on the farm stand produce.
Massey Patient Resource Libraries
VCU Massey Cancer Center has two Patient Resource Libraries – downtown on the MCV Campus and at Stony Point – both of which provide health information and resources to cancer patients and caregivers. They offer a wide selection of books to borrow; pamphlets on a variety of cancer topics; individual packets for specific cancers with information on diagnosis, treatment and coping; videos about cancer-related topics and treatments; research on any cancer topic, including clinical trial information; information for patients and families focusing on end-of-life issues; list of support groups in the Richmond area; general-interest videos, audio tapes, CDs and books on tape to help inpatients pass the time and for outpatients while receiving treatment; information for accessing transportation for patients in need; Massey’s Magical Touch Wig Salon, offering free, private appointments, wigs, hats, scarves and cosmetics; and games to keep children occupied during an adult’s appointment.
Petersburg Healthy Living & Learning Center
The Petersburg Healthy Living and Learning Center (HLLC) provides a consistent, familiar place where community members can go to obtain accurate and reliable health information and connect to local resources. The Center is staffed with health educators and librarians trained as Consumer Health Information Specialists who can provide quality health information directly to the public both at the Center and through community outreach. The center was established in 2011 by As a step towards addressing Petersburg’s severe health issues, VCU Massey Cancer Center, the Crater Health District of the Virginia Department of Health and the Petersburg Public Library as a step toward addressing Petersburg’s severe health issues.
Located on the second floor of the Petersburg Public Library, the HLLC provides one-on-one sessions with certified Consumer Health Information Specialists during operating hours (12-4 pm, Monday-Friday); access to a CHIS-trained library staff member and to Center resources during all other library hours; health-related reference books, on-site DVDs, streaming videos, reliable websites, and brochures (many available in both English and Spanish); connections with local resources such as free health classes, screenings, support groups and health insurance enrollment; free blood pressure checks; free condoms provided by Project STRAPPED; and health-related activities and exercise classes such as yoga, Tai Chi and circuit training.