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Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training

Project Abstract

The overall mission of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART) is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research by, for, and with Asian Americans in Sacramento, CA (also serving as Headquarters); San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; and Honolulu, HI. This Network is a national one, comprising five NCI Cancer Centers and their associated universities, the California Department of Health Services, Chinese Community Health Care Association/San Francisco Medical Society (SFMS), and the Hmong Women's Heritage Association. Cumulatively, this Network serves nearly 33 percent of all Asian Americans.

Consistent with RFA-CA-05-012, AANCART's deliverables are: (1) sustenance of a highly interactive Network among AANCART regions to catalyze cancer education for Asian Americans; (2) research training programs that address Asian-American cancer health disparities; and (3) process and impact data to document the extent to which specific cancer health disparities are reduced among Cambodians, Chinese, Filipinos, Hmong, Koreans, and Vietnamese. Examples of Asian-American disparities to be addressed include those associated with hepatitis B-induced liver cancers, low breast and cervical cancer screening rates, and emerging cancer threats posed by acculturation, diet, and insufficient ethnically specific representation in clinical trials. Aims will be achieved through both Network-wide and regional activities by the AANCART Steering Committee and involve Asian-American-oriented community-based organizations, Cancer Information Service staff, and other supportive entities tied together through past histories of collaboration and Memoranda of Understanding and letters of support. Universities associated with AANCART, the California Department of Health, and the Chinese Community Health Care Association/SFMS Foundation are committed to additional support for AANCART that is estimated to be at least $400,000.