Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program

Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) is funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Through a systematic and comprehensive approach, we collaborate, cooperate, share resources and information, and build capacity between researchers, trainees, outreach workers and organizations to advance research and training.


GMaP Region 5

Region 5 serves Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa and Guam. We are a team of institutions, NCI cancer centers, organizations, community health educators, scientists and students. In our pursuit of ending cancer health disparities and making quality cancer care accessible for everyone, Region 5 has three primary aims:

  • Advance the science of cancer health disparities research
  • Promote the development of the next generation of competitive, underrepresented cancer and cancer health disparities researchers
  • Contribute to measurable reductions in cancer health disparities

National Map of GMaP Regions

Want to work with us? There are three ways to be a part of our program:

Join the Region 5 Team

Are you a trainee (gradute student - junior faculty) in cancer or cancer health disparities work? Want to support GMaP goals? Receive updates on activities and opportunities in the region? Reach out to us to learn more.

Join Us

Become a GMaP Mentor

Mentors are an important part of our program. Sign up to be added to our list of regional expert researchers who are available to mentor our scholars and early stage investigators.


Partner with GMaP

Universities, community organizations, and other minority serving institutions can support the GMaP mission to build regional support and efficient management of cancer health disparities research, training, and outreach.


Programs and Funding

We are committed to strengthening our regional network by supporting the next generation of cancer and cancer health disparities researchers through various training opportunities.

We also fund disparities projects through our pilot award program.

Community Health Educators

Region 5 Community Health Educators (CHE) are funded through two of the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities programs.

National Outreach Network (NON)

Working from NCI-designated Cancer Centers, NON CHEs help underserved communities through the following activities:

Local Education and Outreach

  • Identify gaps and barriers to the integration of community education and outreach within the cancer center and propose strategies to resolve them.
  • Identify specific ways community education and outreach can enhance the research and outreach efforts of the cancer center grant.
  • Adapt and implement education and outreach strategies, aligned with the cancer center focus, and linked by NCI priorities and GMaP regional disparity issues.
  • Identify education and outreach resources and strategies for further testing, as appropriate.


  • Develop and maintain academic and community partnerships to enable access to and delivery of culturally appropriate, evidence-based cancer information and education to underserved communities, locally and regionally.
  • Collaborate with academic, research, community and regional NCI partners to develop, implement and assess disparities-focused education and outreach efforts linked to local, regional and NCI research priorities.

NCI/GMaP Priorities

  • Increase awareness and adoption of NCI recommendations on cancer prevention, early detection and treatment through regional dissemination of information and education materials.
  • Advise and assist in message development and content for culturally-appropriate study brochures, curricula and educational materials.
  • Disseminate relevant NCI messages, materials, programs and research opportunities.
  • Assist with education and outreach activities aligned with NCI priorities and regional issues, and conducted in collaboration with NIH/NCI-supported research partners, as well as academic, regional and community partners, to increase awareness, knowledge and positive behavior among underserved communities in prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer; enhance access to cancer care services; and to promote clinical trials and/or biospecimen research participation.

Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE)

The PACHE grant requires projects address cancer research, cancer training and cancer outreach. They can optionally cover cancer education, with some PACHE partnerships focused on cancer education funding NON CHEs to conduct outreach activities that target specific communities. 

Region 5 GMaP Team

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • More (4)

Sarah Nash, PhD MPH CPH

Cancer Surveillance Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Joan Bloom, Ph.D.

University of California, Berkeley

Lourie Coallier, CARRA member

Stanford Hospital and Clinics

Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Annette Maxwell, Dr.P.H.

University of California, Los Angeles

Sora Park Tanjasiri, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.

University of California, Irvine

Jaydutt Vadgama, Ph.D.

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Hala Madanat, PhD

San Diego State University 

Luis Carvajal-Carmona PhD

University of California, Davis

Rachael Leon Guerrero, Ph.D.

University of Guam

Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Hawaii, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii

Hali Robinett, M.P.H.

University of Hawaii, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii

JoAnn Tsark, M.P.H.

'Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network

Helen Whippy, Ph.D.

Chaminade University

Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D., R.D., M.P.H.

Oregon Health and Science University

Christopher Li, MD, PhD

Project Director, Fred Hutch

Sara Cole, Regional Coordinating Director

Dr. Chris Li, Director, Principal Investigator