PHEN Mission & Initiatives

To eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity. Black men in the United States have the nation's highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates. PHEN's mission also includes advocacy efforts to increase the overall support and resources to wage a war on prostate cancer that will eventually lead to a cure for the disease for the benefit of all men.


PHEN's Rally Against Prostate Cancer (RAP Cancer) is a set of national initiatives towards achieving the organization's overall mission. A key PHEN tenet is that "knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer" which is the foundation for these RAP Cancer initiatives:

The PHEN Survivor Network was established in 2003 to mobilize Black prostate cancer survivors to work collectively towards eliminating the racial disparity. Members of the survivor network work within their local communities to outreach, educate and support men who are newly diagnosed with prostate cancer or living as survivors.

Monthly Support Group Meetings began in Boston, Massachusetts in 2003 in partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The support group meetings bring survivors and their families together to learn about new prostate cancer developments, treatments and clinical trials. The meetings also serve as a forum for men to share and provide mutual support. There is a live webcast each month of the feature educational presentation of a leading medical specialist which helps to educate men and their families across the country.   

The "Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit"  Began in 2005 convening survivors and leaders within medicine, research, government and industry to address policy and medical issues necessary to eliminate the prostate cancer racial disparity. The summit is a two-day program hosted in Washington, DC. To broaden the reach of this summit live streaming of the complete summit sessions began in 2014.

PHEN Online Television began broadcasting in 2007 reaching men and their families at home with educational program content developed from PHEN's monthly meetings and summits and other relevant programs. PHEN TV is an educational resource with a library of enduring video programs across a broad spectrum of subjects and topics. These videos are available to be used for special educational programs hosted by PHEN and PHEN partners. 

The "Annual Father's Day Rally" was launched in 2009 in partnership with churches nationwide who hold a special recognition and prayer for prostate cancer survivors and loved ones impacted by the disease during their Father's Day services. This faith-based initiative is now PHEN's largest public education and awareness outreach effort and brings to light for the public the extent and devastation of the prostate cancer crisis within their communities. PHEN has established sustaining partnership with churches for on-going educational outreach within communities across the country through this initiative which reaches hundreds of thousands within churches across the country on Father's Day.

PHEN's Educational Symposiums with Church Partners began in 2013 as an outgrowth of the Father's Day Rally where church partners wanted to broaden their educational outreach within their communities. These symposiums are structured as four (4) hour events held at the facilities of PHEN church partners in different cities. The symposium brings medical specialists, community leaders and the public together for in-depth educational presentations on specific topics. These symposiums are now held in up to 15 cities each year with attendance averaging approximately 200 for each. 

Monthly Treatments and Clinical Trials E-Newsletter began publication and distribution in 2012 to educate about evolving treatments and clinical trials to help keep Black America current and knowledgeable in these areas which are critical to eliminating the disparity. 

PHEN's Virtual Walk to Raise Prostate Cancer Awareness was launched at the beginning of 2015 with PHEN Walk 2015 which is conducted entirely online with a broad public outreach. The Walk is being integrated into all PHEN outreach initiatives. PHEN Walk 2015 is based on a "Call-to-Action" platform which the public supports when they join. The walk is also a competion through a unique formula for all participants to earn miles. PHEN Walk will raise the visibility and knowledge about prostate cancer issues and generate public support.

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