The Latino Cancer Institute in partnership with Stanford University Cancer Center was awarded a major grant from the State of California in 2019 to address disparities in access to precision medicine for low income communities.

The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM) was launched in 2015. The state initially provided $3 million to create the first-in-nation statewide precision medicine program, since that time it has grown into a $53 million statewide initiative. CIAPM is a partnership between the state, the University of California, and other public and private entities. CIAPM aims to help support innovation in health and steward advances to be inclusive, put patients and health improvement at the center of outcomes, incorporate principles of health equity, consider economic impacts, support emerging science and technology, foster the growing ecosystem in California, and recognize that it takes all partners working together to translate science into medical advances to promote prevention, health, and precision medicine.

The initiative supports patient-focused demonstration projects and connects health and medicine stakeholders from across California. low-income stimulates cross-sector collaborations among the state’s scientists, clinicians, entrepreneurs, and patient participants, enabling them to turn available large data sets and technical innovation into better health outcomes.

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