Redes En Acción: National Latino Cancer Research Network
Redes En Acción (Networks in Action), at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio1, is implementing the National Latino Cancer Research Network-a comprehensive set of research, education, and training activities for Latinos/Hispanics that will be carried out in regional centers in San Francisco, California (Co-PI, Eliseo Pérez-Stable, M.D., University of California at San Francisco); San Diego, California (Co-PI, Greg Talavera, M.D., M.P.H., San Diego State University); Miami, Florida (Co-PI, Frank J. Penedo, Ph.D., University of Miami); New York, New York (Co-PI, J. Emilio Carrillo, M.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University); and Houston, Texas (Co-PI, Maria E. Fernández, Ph.D., University of Texas at Houston School of Public Health). Planned research activities include: (1) development of disparity-related pilot projects; (2) national, regional, and local policy studies analyzing factors influencing disparities in access to cancer control and prevention; and (3) evaluation of an experimental intervention designed to improve women's capacity for navigating health care systems that provide cancer screening and care.
Education activities at the national and regional levels will include multimodal public and professional education and outreach for clinical providers and for organizations concerned with policies that influence access to cancer screening and care. Training activities will consist of mentoring and pilot research support for students and junior scientists developing careers in research aimed at understanding and reducing disparities that affect the health of Latinos.
- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care industry, the leading sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.