Outreach Program

Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Outreach Program


Angela Pattatucci-Aragon, Ph.D., professor of Health Services Administration, director of the Center of Evaluation and Sociomedical Research at the UPR Graduate School of Public Health, The University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus

Maria Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor and director, Diversity Programs, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research, School of Public Health, UT Health Sciences Center at Houston


The purpose of the Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Program is to modify and sustain health behavior through the development of comprehensive, sustainable partnerships for cancer control outreach, education and training in Puerto Rico. Specifically, the purpose of the Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Program is to decease tobacco use, increase vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and breast and cervical cancer screening. Program components of the Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Program will build upon collaborations, infrastructure, network development and outreach successes achieved in the Outreach pilot project.

Specific Aims

  • Maintain, strengthen and further develop a cancer control outreach network that will build upon existing relationships and develop new collaborations between key Puerto Rican community and health organizations and the partnering institutions
  • Conduct a community assessment of needs and resources for breast and cervical cancer prevention and screening, tobacco control and the elimination of disparities related to these cancers and behaviors
  • Develop health care provider and community organization capacity to implement and sustain culturally competent cancer outreach and education programs to address disparities in breast and cervical cancers and tobacco control
  • Provide active mentoring and career development opportunities to U54 researchers and community partners to build capacity in cancer control and community-based participatory research
  • Evaluate the impact of the Puerto Rico Community Cancer Control Program on increasing breast and cervical cancer screening, increasing HPV vaccination and reducing tobacco use in Puerto Rico

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