The REACT Program

TREND Partnership Research Education Curriculum and Training (REACT) program


Tobacco use is a leading contributor to socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic minority cancer health disparities. A lack of well-trained researchers and clinicians who understand and are prepared to address these tobacco related cancer disparities is a critical barrier for reducing cancer related morbidity and mortality. The TREND Partnership REACT program was established to address this barrier through collaborative tobacco disparities related research, research training and educational activities.



The REACT program establishes a translational, tobacco-related cancer health disparities research training and education program for CCNY and MSK students and trainees. This will be accomplished by achieving the following aims:

Aim One: We will: a) establish four two-year research training positions at CCNY (two undergraduate, two graduate) and a predoctoral research fellowship at MSK each with appropriate faculty mentors, tobacco disparities research study placements, and Individual Development Plans (IDPs); and b) implement a series of CCNY/MSK shared training activities focused on the specific research topics and skills needed to examine and address tobacco disparities.

Aim Two: We will augment selected CCNY clinical program curricula in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY  School of Medicine BS/MD program, the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine PA program and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership Department of Psychology Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) program to include knowledge and competencies about tobacco use and dependence, tobacco-related disparities, and the evidence-based treatment of tobacco dependence.


The REACT program represents a collaboration among investigators, students, faculty and staff at City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.