Latinos Contra El Cancer

From left to right: Yessenia Castro, Ph.D., David Lopez, Dr.P.H., Larkin Strong, Ph.D., David Wetter, Ph.D., Patricia Dolan Mullen, Dr.P.H., Maria Fernandez, Ph.D., Melissa Bondy, Ph.D., Linda Civallero, Shine Chang, Ph.D.

The Texas regional Community Network Program, Latinos Contra El Cancer, aims to reduce the cancer burden among Hispanics in Texas by combining innovative research, extensive community outreach, and a multi-faceted training program, all within a community-based participatory research (CBPR) context.  The project includes three distinct yet complementary cores (Outreach, Research, and Training) in order to integrate knowledge generation, community health education, and community and research capacity building within and across three regions of Texas (Houston, El Paso, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley).

The goal of the Outreach Program is to increase the use of evidence-based medical and behavioral interventions to reduce the cancer burden among Hispanics in Texas. The program will build on existing community partnerships, infrastructure and programs to develop an Outreach Program that will accomplish this goal through capacity building with community partners and direct health promotion in Hispanic communities.

The goal of the Research Core is to: 

  1. develop and evaluate an innovative intervention approach for reducing cancer risk related to the three leading behavioral risk factors for cancer: smoking, poor diet, and physical inactivity, and 
  2. to utilize quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the socio-demographic, acculturation, and psychosocial factors that influence Mexican Americans’ willingness to provide biologic specimens for biobanking.

The goal of the Training Program is to prepare a cadre of new and early stage investigators to conduct cancer disparities research in Latino communities, with a particular emphasis on building skills and capacity to conduct community-based participatory research.

View Latinos Contra el Cancer Ground Rounds PowerPoint Presentation

View a slide presentation: "Latinos Contra El Cancer: Reducing Cancer Disparities Among Latinos in Texas" 

The Center is a joint project of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) School of Public Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dates of Funding: 9/1/2010 - 8/30/2015