THOMPSON STUDIES GROUP -- Community Networks Program Center
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Community Networks Program Center (U54)

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority population in the United States. Data indicate that Hispanics are underserved and less likely to take part in cancer prevention and screening activities than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. Similar to Hispanics, American Indians have somewhat lower incidence rates of cancer but disproportionately lower survival rates compared to non-Hispanic whites. It is the long-term goal of the Center for Hispanic Health Promotion: Reducing Cancer Disparities, a Community Networks Program (CNP), to use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to reduce the cancer disparities experienced by Hispanics and American Indians in Yakima, Benton and Franklin Counties of Washington State.

Our short-term objectives are to:

  1. Develop and enhance our existing relationships with community partners in both counties to reduce cancer disparities among Latinos and members of the Yakama Nation (Administrative Core)
  2. Increase health promotion outreach and cancer screening activities among Latinos and members of the Yakama Nation (Outreach Core);
  3. Increase cervical cancer screening among Latinas using a rigorous research project (Research Core);
  4. Develop and assess the feasibility of a sustainable support system for cancer patients and survivors (Research Core); and
  5. Train junior investigators, especially underrepresented minorities, in grant writing and CBPR to reduce cancer disparities (Training Core).

This CNP Center builds on our prior CNP (2005 – 2010). It includes a randomized clinical trial to assess two different approaches to motivate cervical cancer screening. Further, it adds a patient navigator approach to reduce time to follow-up of an abnormal Pap test. The pilot project builds on existing community concerns for cancer patients and survivors. Through its Outreach Core, the CNP Center will spread cancer information and support at the population level. The Training Core will help train a new generation of scientists in CBPR and scientific research. Through its four cores, the CNP Center will cover a myriad of cancer disparities and assist NCI in its endeavor to reduce such disparities.

Read a summary of the work done by the CNP Center since 2010 here.

Thompson Group-sponsored home health party presentation
Thompson Group-sponsored home health party presentation.
C.A.S.P.E.R. the Inflatable Colon
Promotora gives tour through C.A.S.P.E.R. the inflatable colon.