Unified Network Initiative to Enhance Community Dialogue and Site Education (UNITED)

Since 2021, the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) has supported an initiative for the US-Latin American-Caribbean HIV/HPV Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network (ULACNet) focused on community engagement and site education activities. With the launch of the HIV/Cervical Cancer Prevention ‘CASCADE’ Clinical Trials Network, which shares a focus on the population of individuals living with HIV, the UNITED initiative has been expanded and reorganized.

UNITED provides a dynamic framework for both ULACNet and CASCADE to promote activities that build shared trust between researchers and communities, and to ensure that research outcomes and benefits are disseminated to study participants and the broader community.

UNITED will enhance both the ULACNet and CASCADE networks by:

  1. Providing a forum for network members to share knowledge and lessons learned on effective strategies for enhancing study recruitment and community engagement;
  2. Providing training and educational opportunities for CASCADE and ULACNet members; and
  3. Providing clinical trial resources for network study participants, their families, and the public.

The activities in the expanded UNITED program align with the goals and strategies of the National Cancer Plan, especially:

  • Effectively partnering with providers, researchers, and communities at increased risk for cancer to improve screening rates;
  • Engaging communities in cancer education and promoting structural changes that increase prevention and early detection;
  • Identifying and putting into effect best practices for public engagement, communication, and health literacy related to cancer risk, prevention, treatment, and survivorship that are tailored to community needs;
  • Ensuring that opportunities to participate in and benefit from research are widely available to all groups; and
  • Applying ways to meaningfully return research results to study participants.


  • HIV AIDS Network Coordination (HANC)
    The Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) works with the HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the intent of creating a more integrated, collaborative and flexible research structure. 
  • NIAID DAIDS Learning Portal
    DAIDS offers a wealth of HIV research training from the courses below that are required for sites to a wide variety on clinical, lab, and pharmacy topics. The resources section of their website hosts a variety of materials, links, and other helpful guides on topics such as clinical events, protocol registration, and quality management.

UNITED Community Engagement Sessions Videos

A password is required to play these videos. Please email ULACNet@nih.gov to obtain the password.

Session 1
CAMPO Recruitment Strategies


Date aired: March 25, 2022
RUNTIME: 01:01:35

Session 2
ULACNet-201 "Nine-Valent HPV Vaccine to Prevent Persistent Oral HPV Infections in Men Living with HIV"

Date aired: June 6, 2022
RUNTIME: 01:00:35

Session 3
Theoretical and practical recommendations for community-based research to reduce health inequities

Date aired: October 27, 2022
RUNTIME: 01:01:55

Session 4
ULACNet-302: Estudio Oportunidad

Screen capture of ULACNet-302: Estudio Oportunidad slide

Date aired: February 22, 2023
RUNTIME: 00:48:15

Session 5
Staff Education – Launching a Study

Screen capture of ULACNet Session 5: Staff Education – Launching a Study

Date aired: April 26, 2023
RUNTIME: 00:42:16

Session 6
Experiences of Women Living with HIV Navigating Health Services and Life

Screen capture of Session 6 ULACNet UNITED video

Date aired: October 18, 2023
RUNTIME: 00:38:36

Session 7
Haiti: GHESKIO Centers Researchers

Cover slide of the ULACNet UNITED Session 7

Date aired: December 6, 2023
RUNTIME: 00:58:36

Session 8
HPV: Natural History and Its Implications for Screening, Prevention and Treatment 

Cover slide of the ULACNet UNITED Session 8
Date aired: June 10, 2024
RUNTIME: 01:01:00