San Diego State University/UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership

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The San Diego State University/UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership is a five year research grant with goals to continue to develop outstanding programs in research, research education, and community outreach in order to understand and address causes for cancer health disparities in our catchment areas of San Diego and Imperial counties, a region with a large and growing Hispanic/Latino population. As this population ages, the number of cancer cases is expected to grow. Addressing the existing gaps in research, education, and health care delivery in this ethnic group is a high priority of our Partnership, which leverages the distinct yet complementary strengths and resources of San Diego State University (SDSU), an officially designated Hispanic Serving Institution, and the University of California (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center (MCC), an NCI-designated Cancer Center. The goal of our Partnership is to reduce the burden of cancer among Hispanic/Latino communities in our catchment area. We accomplish this by building research and research education capacity and by continuing to improve outreach and education to underserved communities in our area, with a special emphasis on Hispanic/Latinos.

Under the Partnership, there are three main components: Outreach, Research Education and Research Projects.  The Outreach Core partnered with Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and aims to increase screening and diagnostic follow up for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among primarily Hispanic/Latino communities. Community Health Workers (CHWs)/promotores will recruit and provide community outreach and education in support of increased access to breast, cervical, and/or colorectal cancer screenings. The Research Education Core is aimed at providing research experience in cancer and cancer disparities to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups, as well as enhancing the success and retention of both underrepresented and non-underrepresented undergraduates by providing educational workshops led by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Lastly, the Core will collaborate with ongoing research education programs to develop and implement a program that will supplement and enrich these ongoing programs in areas of cancer research and disparities.  Research Projects are funded through the Partnership through annual RFAs for pilot studies and longer-term full research projects. Currently, two SDSU faculty have Partnership funding (Dr. Natalie Gude and Dr. Sheila Castañeda) and one has pilot funding (Dr. John Mokili).


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Contact Information

Jessica Haughton
Project Manager
T: (619) 594-6302