Stanford researchers partner with The Latino Cancer Institute in a winning proposal

Ground-Breaking Research Dominates at The Institute

The Latino Cancer Institute welcomed a full house of Forum attendees from around the country. They included over 50 academic researchers, local community agencies reps and community health workers (CHW). In a review of the five research projects presented in San Francisco, participants ranked #1, an Institute collaboration with Stanford to bring precision medicine interventions to a low income Latino community in California which will test the added value of CHW’s. The #2 ranked project offered a glimpse into the process and protocols for a rare study of Latino clinical trials patients. Reflecting our national reach, two of our collaborators from George Washington Cancer Center and Georgetown presented virtually from Washington, D.C.

Dr. Manali Patel, Stanford Cancer Institute, presents at the Inaugural Forum

Critical Collaborations – Connect. Convene. Advocate.

The Latino Cancer Institute aims to share best practices nationally, share best practices nationally, including research results that can be practically applied in our communities. Aim two works to further research collaborations connecting CBO’s and researchers where we see synergy. Aim three supports, promotes and drives policy (where allowable for a non profit) that addresses the cancer burden in our communities. It was encouraging that The Institute’s Inaugural Forum presentations, captured in our on-site Instant Poll, inspired attendees to see possibilities for new research.

Action Steps

This word cloud resulted from the Instant Poll taken at the Forum reflecting participants’ views about The Institute’s national role in the cancer landscape. The takeaway is that The Institute must leverage our unified voices to reduce disparities through shared knowledge, collaboration, and policy change, addressing equity and quality care to diminish or eliminate cancer in the Latino community. There was consistent agreement among Forum attendees that making CHW’s a reimbursable expense through various federal, state and payor mechanisms would be a critical step to support Latino, African American and Asian organizations’ capacity to tackle challenges along the cancer continuum. The Institute will take a first step by hosting a virtual national conversation in Spring 2020 among Latino CHW’s including Puerto Rico.

Thanks to our Sponsors Pfizer and the American Cancer Society for making the Inaugural Forum possible.