Cancer Disparities Community Partners and Research (CDCPAR) Resource

This shared resource is part of the SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership grant.  It is available to community partners and SDSU and UCSD Cancer Center faculty and investigators conducting research related to cancer disparities.

The SDSU-UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership Community Liaison Subcommittee provides oversight to CDCPAR activities. The CDCPAR is housed at and maintains three offices.  These offices are strategically located at San Diego State University, the Moores UC San Diego Cancer Center, and the community neighborhood of Sherman Heights at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

 Services to academic partners

  • Consultation on culturally appropriate methods in all phases of the research process (e.g., design, data collection, analysis, interpretation of results).
  • Community-based cancer education and outreach.
  • Recruitment and outreach for communities of color and other populations.
  • Translation and cultural adaptation of research documents and materials.

Services to Community Partners

  • Staying Healthy newsletter
  • Collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs).
  • Community Health Advisor Education Programs:American Cancer Society (ACS) Colorectal Cancer Screening Program
    • Nutrition and Cancer
    • Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Taking Action for Tobacco-Free Communities
  • Consultation on research strategies, outreach and recruitment for racially and ethnically diverse participants in research studies.
  • Strengthened ties with the leadership of UCSD Cancer Center Specialized Cancer Units such as the Clinical Trials Office, the Patient and Family Support Services, and the Biorepository program.
  • Translations for research projects including consent forms, flyers, training materials, questionnaires and other survey instruments

Examples of services provided in the past:

  • Community health workers conduct outreach to increase recruitment of under-represented ethnic groups into cancer research projects.
  • Assist investigators in identifying and developing culturally appropriate measurement tools and intervention materials.
  • Consultation and staffing to design and implement data collection including focus group discussions, telephone interviews, paper and pencil questionnaires.
  • Prepare and send reminder letters and emails to physicians to enroll diverse patient populations into clinical trials and studies.
  • Translation and adaptation of research forms and study materials into Spanish.
  • Support in the design of procedures to strengthen recruitment and retention into research studies of underrepresented ethnic study participants.
  • Consultation and support in the design and implementation of community-based participatory research.
  • Identification of community organizations or programs to forge collaborations with academic research teams.
  • Community-based cancer prevention education training utilizing community health educators.
  • Cancer screening services provided at health fair events servicing ethnic and underserved communities.