For her efforts to bring positive change to the lives of people in our state, particularly in the area of health advocacy, Dr. Beti Thompson was among recent recipients of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s Women of Valor award. Thompson, of the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division, received the honor during a luncheon Feb. 25 at The Westin Hotel.
The Thompson Studies research group works to uncover the reasons behind disparities in the ways different populations contract cancer, to help determine the precursors to cancer, and to build the capacity of community based researchers to investigate, educate and offer treatment for better outcomes.
Improving health, increasing opportunities
Recently, Thompson received $10.24 million in federal funding to create a Center for Population Health and Health Disparities to study antecedents of breast cancer among Latinas.
“To better understand and improve cancer prevention and early detection among the underserved, I work closely with community partners to attain the ultimate goal of eliminating health disparities,” Thompson said. “It is simply the just thing to do.”
Thompson’s ongoing programs include:
Dr. Connie Lehman of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance received the Women of Valor award in 2008.