Understanding and Preventing Breast Cancer Disparities in Latinas

The National Cancer Institute [NCI]; the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute [NHLBI]; and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research [OBSSR] at the National Institutes of Health [NIH] are partnering to provide funds for the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities [CPHHD] program. This program is designed to better understand and address inequities associated with the two leading causes of death in the United States; cancer and cardiovascular disease. The centers form a network of research teams charged with understanding the complexity of health disparities, rather than single-factor relationships. In addition, each center is developing interventions to address health inequities and is training the next generation of transdisciplinary researchers in collaborative team science.

The overarching theme of the Partnership to Understand and Eliminate Disparate Outcomes [PUEDO] at the Fred Hutch [FHCRC] is to understand and prevent pre-cursors of breast cancer and to reduce breast cancer morbidity and mortality among Latinas. This will be done at multiple levels and will engage researchers across several disciplines. This center engages in interdisciplinary collaboration on several levels, as well as collaboration with researchers at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. Table 1 summarizes the projects funded through the CPHHD program to the FHCRC.

Table 1: PUEDO Projects/Cores

Project/Core Title
Project 1 Screening Mammography and Latinas: A Multilevel Intervention
Project 2 Metabolic Response to Western vs. Indigenous Diets in Hispanic Women
Project 3 Risk Factors For Triple-Negative and HER2-Overexpressing Breast Cancer among Hispanic Women And Non-Hispanic Women
Project 4 Relationship of Breast Cancer Subtype, Risk Factors and Ancestry in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic White Women
Core A Administrative Core
Core B Ethics and Policy Core
Core C Genetics Core
Core D Training and Career Development

Program Director:
Beti Thompson, Ph.D.

Member, Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

If you have any questions about the information contained on this website, please contact Jennifer Anderson, Project Coordinator, via email at: janderso@fhcrc.org.

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