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WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training

Project Description

The goal of WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training at California State University1, Fullerton is to reduce preventable cancer incidence and mortality among five Pacific Islander communities (Chamorros, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Tongans) in Southern California. WINCART aims to: (1) identify multilevel barriers to cancer control among Pacific Islanders; (2) improve access to and utilization of existing cancer prevention and control services for these communities; (3) conduct community-based participatory research; (4) increase the number of Pacific Islander researchers through training, mentorship, and research projects; (5) sustain community-based education, training, and research activity via enhanced government and organizational collaborations; and (6) disseminate research to aid in the reduction of health disparities among Pacific Islander communities. Research activities will focus on obesity, tobacco, cancer screening, survivorship, and recruitment of Pacific Islanders into clinical trials. The Network will work with the Cancer Information Service to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials.

  1. California State University, Fullerton, is located in an ethnically diverse area of North Orange County. The Division of Kinesiology and Health Science houses an array of research projects, including the Center for Successful Aging, physical fitness standards for the elderly, physical activity programs for low-income youth, obesity and diabetes reduction among the elderly, and cancer control studies aimed at Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Updated: 07/23/09