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Peer Clinical Trials Support Program

A free, over-the-phone service that helps Black or African American (AA) cancer patients learn more about clinical trials.

Become a Peer Specialist — applications due Feb. 18

Coming Spring 2022

The Peer Clinical Trials Support Program pairs interested patients with a peer — a Black/AA cancer patient or survivor. This allows patients to hear from someone with a similar background who is or has already gone through a clinical trial. Patients can discuss their fears, questions, and concerns with a knowledgeable and empathetic guide.

Become a Peer Specialist

We are currently hiring Peer Specialists for our Peer Clinical Trials Support Program. Applications are due on Friday, February 18. Review the following information to see if this might be a good role for you. Then follow the application instructions below.


What is a Peer Specialist?

In this program, Peer Specialists use their own lived experience as a Black/AA cancer patient and clinical trial participant to support other individuals. Peer Specialists offer confidential emotional, practical, and informational support to program participants. 

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Peer Specialists are professionally trained to support participants by: 

  • Sharing their personal experience of cancer and cancer clinical trials.
  • Providing education and resources on cancer clinical trials.
  • Empowering participants to have a voice and make informed, educated decisions about their treatment.
  • Encouraging patients to explore options instead of telling them what to do.

To become a Peer Specialist, you must:

  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Be a cancer patient or cancer survivor 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have experience participating in a cancer clinical trial (past or present)

Qualifications for this role include good listening and communication skills and the ability to share personal experience. Peer Specialists must be legally authorized to work in the United States and have access to a reliable computer and internet connection.


Application process

If you are interested in applying, complete our Peer Specialist application. Applicants will be asked to participate in an interview to confirm if the role is a good fit for them.

Once selected, Peer Specialists will:

  • Complete all hiring documents such as confirmation of clinical trial participation and a provider recommendation form
  • Attend a 10-hour virtual training course in March and April 2022
  • Commit to at least 1 year in the program

Peer Specialists will be compensated $800 for completing the training course and $100 per participant call (we anticipate approximately 50 calls per Peer Specialist). 

Apply now to become a Peer Specialist

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support is a unique and person-centered approach. Peer support is when people use their own experience to help others.


Is Peer Support right for you?

Our trained Peer Specialists are here for you. They can share their experiences, provide information, and offer confidential support. If you are a Black/AA cancer patient and want one-on-one support to ask questions, talk about your concerns, or simply learn more about clinical trials from a peer, consider participating in the Peer Clinical Trials Support Program. Please note that Peer Specialists do not give medical advice.


To participate in this program, you must:

  • Identify as Black or African American
  • Be a cancer patient in active treatment
  • Be at least 18 years or older


The Peer Clinical Trials Support Program will begin supporting patients in Spring 2022.

In the meantime, our Helpline navigators are here to assist you with any of your questions or concerns. Call us at 888-793-9355 or connect with a navigator via our web chat service.


Contact Kara Downey, CSC’s Director of Clinical Services, to learn more about our Peer Clinical Trials Support Program.