Colorado Front Range Latino Community Network
The Latino/a Research and Policy Center, under PI Dr. Estevan Flores, at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC), will expand its SPN to 30 Latino community-based organizations and create the Colorado Front Range Latino Community Network (CFRLCN) in eleven Colorado counties, representing 72 percent of all Colorado Latinos and 73 percent of all Colorado Latino cancer cases. The Network will be composed of health clinics and agencies serving Latinos, including Denver Health Medical Center; the UC Health Sciences Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Disease Prevention Division; and La Salud Health Clinics. The co-Investigators include Drs. Paula Espinoza, Al Marcus, Richard Bakemeier, Jillian Jacobellis, and Tim Byers.
The CFRLCN builds on previous work on cancer awareness, education, and research activities in the Latino population, like our Special Populations Network's five pilot projects. Future activities include efforts in awareness, prevention, and early detection of breast, cervical, prostate, lung (including smoking cessation), and colorectal cancers. Colorado Cancer Registry data have been used to target specific cancers for intervention in the ten counties. Education and prevention activities include Denver "Dia de la Mujer Latina" (a health fair) and a colorectal education/prevention outreach program. The CFRLCN will reduce cancer health disparities in the eleven counties and will embark in years 1 and 2 on a community participatory research framework in intervention research to achieve these aims. This work will lead to development of interventions and pilot proposals and large-scale interventions (R01s).
Three plans address, respectively, junior investigator training, health disparities community research, and education and prevention projects. A separate pilot research proposal by Drs. Josette Harris and Evelinn Borrayo (PIs) will test language factors around sustainable navigation and support for the Hispanic cancer survivor. This Network will increase credibility and sustainability as it continues to leverage more funds-$558,000 has been generated via the SPN-for cancer prevention and intervention research. The areas to be addressed include policy-relevant research on cancer health disparities, with a special focus on tobacco use.