Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis and also the Associate Director for Cancer Control at the University of California, Davis Cancer Center in Sacramento, CA and the Principal Investigator for the National Cancer Institute-funded Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (AANCART
): The National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities and its predecessor, AANCART
The process began with AANCART presentations and sharing of information with staff and community leadership on common cancers among South Asians and other Asian communities, thus helping prioritize cancer control efforts for this population.
CIS provided technical assistance in program planning and evaluation which was extended further through the placing of AANCART interns at the SAN office.
This initial assessment paved the way to the development of the initiative and the establishment of the partnership among SAN, CIS and AANCART L.A.
These outcomes have included but not been limited to: 1) the development of a clearer understanding of the burden of cancer among South Asians; 2) gains in cancer awareness and control as a priority issue in this population; 3) increases in knowledge and resources available to address cancer awareness in this population, including but not limited to technology transfer and the translation of research and other information provided by the CIS to these communities; and 4) the training, by AANCART L.A., of student interns that will be able to address cancer awareness and control issues among South Asians in culturally competent ways.
SAN's participation on AANCART's Steering Committee led to an understanding of the cancer burden among South Asians and interventions that were necessary to address the cancer burden.
Furthermore, SAN staff, board members and volunteers participated in the various CIS and AANCART L.A.
Although much effort in terms of data provision, and framing was provided by credible sources such as AANCART L.A.
UCLA School of Public Health student interns have been placed by AANCART L.A.
SAN is working with AANCART to evaluate the following programs that have been funded in part as a result of this initiative: Breast cancer outreach and inreach program; Breast and cervical cancer education materials development in Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Bangla and Punjabi; and a Hindi language media campaign to improve access to mammography screening for South Asian women in Los Angeles; Tobacco control among South Asians in Los Angeles, as well as a South Asian prostate cancer awareness project.
Strengthened by the knowledge and cancer expertise via the CIS Partnership Program Office at USC and AANCART L.A.
A special thanks is extended to AANCART staff and interns Koy Parada MPH., Michelle Lim, Sheila Jain, MPH and Punam Parikh, MPH for their expertise and time.