NPSR's missions strengths, key partner networks, strategy

The National Physician and Family Referral (NPFR) Project (a division of 50 Hoops, a nonprofit corporation) conducts patient education and patient advocacy programs to improve health matters in minority and underserved communities and to educate about health, diseases and clinical trials. NPFR Project has conducted seminars, workshops, lecture and dinner (patient education) series, about diseases that critically affect African Americans with community leaders and celebrities in more than a dozen U.S. cities.

National Physician and Family Referral (NPFR) Project partners with over 103 national and local community -based organizations for patient health and clinical trials education. Key National partners include National Black Leadership initiative on Cancer (NBLIC) III, National Medical Association (NMA), Morehouse School of Medicine, Center for Information and Study of Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) and National Human Genome Center at Howard University.

The NPFR Project patient education programs provide for patient health education, patient and physician exchange, and distribution of disease-related information critical to African Americans. These events, educational tools and national partnerships annually (based upon our surveys) foster increased understanding of health care and clinical trial issues that contribute to the improvement of patient knowledgebase and care. In any given year, NPFR can reach over 10 million African Americans through community outreach.


  • To focus upon racial disparities in health care, and clinical trials through education through patient research on health needs and access.
  • Through media, community-based networks, national disease-related projects and coalitions, to utilize public service media outreach to educate and surveys to evaluate effectiveness of health educational and clinical trials programs.
  • Develop patient education lecture series, seminars and workshops for African American and Minority outreach through our networks and collaborate for disease and clinical trials educational literature distribution.
  • In cooperation with our media and community based alliances collect primary market data for the purpose of identifying health information tools for grass-roots minorities.
With new partnerships and collaborations, our strategy is to:
  • Help create forums for community and faith-based leaders
  • Talk directly with medical professionals to help them assist the community with the acquisition of clinical resources for future community participation and
  • Facilitate tools for engagement in disease conditions and clinical trials education.

Events such as the Lecture Series: Prostate Cancer 101 community leader forum, and “Fabulous 50 to SEXY at 60 Dinner Lectures”, the Baby Boomer Series-- has toured four cities and established three offshoot coalitions that meet quarterly on African American health. The Prostate Cancer 101” produced the first Prostate Cancer Coalition of African American Networks (PC CAN) in 2004 in Detroit, MI., collaborating with the American Cancer Society, AARP and Karmanos Cancer Center.

This Call to Action model was the first direct community partnership and engagement of community, medical, scientific and human genome research that, over the last four years, has translated into an explosive benefit to cancer education in these communities.

Contact Us

National Physician and Family Referral (NPFR) Project
14902 Preston Road, #404-744, Dallas, TX 75254
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Educational Outreach Components

The CEDRICT project has developed a patient and community health education project entitled: "African American Health Matters", a mobile text message service that reminds subscribing African Americans of all ages about health matters critical to their daily lives. The Mobile Health Text Message Service kicked off September 19, 2009 with nearly 5,000 ground-zero subscribers. In less than a year over 50,000 subscribers receive monthly and bi-monthly health tips messages. The companion web site,, allows the health text message service to tap into a younger group of African Americans, and the professionals, educators and black entrepreneurs.

AACT I Lecture Series 2012