Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
State, UC Davis Cancer Center
team up for cancer prevention
from Sacramento State and the UC Davis Cancer Center have signed an agreement
to create a “Partnership to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities Through Education,
Research and Training” that pairs the UC Davis Cancer Center’s Outreach
Research and Education Program with departments in Sacramento State’s
College of Health and Human Services.
The agreement calls for the two entities to collaborate on initiatives to strengthen
cancer education and outreach and increase cancer awareness in diverse populations.
The goal is a long-term partnership that leads to research in cancer prevention
and control, and builds on the two entities’ expertise in health literacy,
informed decision-making, problem-solving, symptom management, and cultural,
educational and informational interventions.
“This memorandum of understanding represents a significant opportunity
for collaboration between UC Davis Cancer Center and Sacramento State,”
said Ric Brown, Sacramento State provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“The faculty and students of both institutions will benefit from this
partnership as will the residents of the Sacramento Region with respect to health
Ralph deVere White, assistant dean for cancer programs at UC Davis and director
of the UC Davis Cancer Center, said the groundbreaking partnership will help
make the Sacramento region the first in the country to eliminate disparities
in cancer among underserved populations. "By joining with our colleagues
at Sacramento State, we take a great step forward," deVere White said.
"The Sacramento State faculty bring a whole set of complementary areas
of expertise to this fight. We look forward to working with them and other organizations
within the greater Sacramento area to mount a broad regional attack on the disproportionate
cancer burdens facing underserved populations."
Among the projects under consideration are joint grant applications for research,
training and programs, graduate student research opportunities, scholarships
for minority students, and training opportunities with federal agencies. The
partnership may also develop activities to bring faculty, staff and students
from each institution together to increase awareness each other’s programs
and explore new outreach techniques.
Three potential projects in development for the first year of the partnership:
Co-development and submission
of a National Institutes of Health grant to develop and test ways to improve
symptom management and quality of life in elderly patients diagnosed with
Co-sponsorship of a
series of events centered on ovarian cancer, including an art exhibit, presentations
and workshops on cancer awareness and prevention, and a two-day medical conference.
Creation of community
networks focused on the Hispanic/Latino, African American and American Indian
populations. The networks will train community health educators and develop
a model for cancer awareness and prevention programs.
Media assistance is available
by contacting Laurie Hall in the Sacramento State public affairs office at (916)
278-6156 or Claudia Morain at the UC Davis Cancer Center at (916) 734-9023.
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