Latin American Cancer Research Coalition
Established to address the unique needs of Latinos in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, the Latin American Cancer Research Coalition (LACRC)1 at the MedStar Research Institute serves the largest urban concentration of Latinos in the country. Latinos in this region are predominantly of Central and South American ancestry, recently immigrated, uninsured, and largely monolingual. The LACRC trained community coordinators, students, and faculty; submitted a postdoctoral grant; obtained pilot and career development funding; published manuscripts; and disseminated results within the community in its first 4 years.
The Coalition is now being expanded into a regional network to document, understand, and reduce cancer health disparities among Latinos. LACRC partners include multidisciplinary, multicultural, and bilingual researchers and staff from academic institutions, clinics, Cancer Centers, tumor registries, community-based organizations, and the Cancer Information Service. Specific objectives are to: (1) enhance capacity, especially for data collection on cancer health disparities among Latinos; (2) use the PRECEDE-PROCEED model to guide participatory research and use the results to inform education, training, and planning; and (3) obtain funding, influence policy, and evaluate progress.
- Washington Hospital Center/Washington Cancer Institute, the largest community hospital in Washington, DC, is part of the nonprofit MedStar Health, Inc., network. MedStar operates a seven-hospital network across the greater Baltimore-Washington area. The network is the largest oncology provider in the mid-Atlantic region.