Center for Community Health Promotion (CCHP)

We wanted to work more closely with the Hispanic and rural communities living in the Yakima Valley, so in 1995, we opened the Center for Community Health Promotion (CCHP) as a satellite office of Fred Hutch. By 1998, we were running multiple cancer prevention and health disparities research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. These projects use community-based participatory research (CBPR) to reduce the health disparities experienced by communities in and around Sunnyside, Washington.

Engaging the Community

CBPR is research conducted with the community instead of on the community. It helps us better understand and address issues identified by those most affected.

Working With the Community

We build sustainable outreach and research programs with diverse communities throughout Washington State. By pooling resources we can build greater cohesion between local communities and research organizations.


Home Health Parties

Participants invite Hutch health promoters to their homes to present various health topics to friends and family.

Health Fairs

We create health information stations with health promoters to answer questions community members have about health topics.

Radio Talk Shows

We host call-in shows about different health topics, and broadcast them through local Spanish-language radio stations.

Local Talks and Presentations

Community organizations, schools and businesses invite us to present on a variety of health topics.


We work with investigators to implement CBPR projects funded by National Institutes of Health grants on a variety of health promotion and disease prevention topics.

The Sunnyside Team

Our trained and experienced staff recruits, interviews and retains study participants. They also collect biospecimens, conduct surveys and implement interventions. 

Nora Gonzalez

Margarita Olivera


Genoveva Ibarra

Community Project Manager

Avigail Galvan

Community Project Coordinator

Contact Us

The Center for Community Health Promotion is located in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State.

Fred Hutch Center for Community Health Promotion
320 N. 16th Street
Sunnyside, WA 98944

Fax: 509.837.3027