Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network is a network of more than 2,000 community leaders, researchers, governmental officials and public advocates dedicated to fighting cancer among Latinos through research, training, and education. The network is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with regional sites in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago and New York City. See our fact sheet.
- generates research on Latino cancer issues
- promotes training and research and
- supports cancer awareness and education in Latino communities.
Redes research focuses on innovative interventions and policy and organizational changes to reduce cancer disparities. As a network, Redes researchers have led more than 180 groundbreaking Latino cancer research projects totaling more than $232 million in the areas of: genetics; network analysis; obesity; tobacco; cancer screening; cancer clinical trials; cancer survivorship; and patient navigation.
From 2010-2015, Redes leaders are conducting a pair of new studies - a large-scale randomized controlled trial to improve Latino cancer survivors’ quality of life and a pilot study of an Internet-based tobacco cessation service.
Redes training activities have instructed or mentored more than 200 emerging cancer researchers from undergrads to doctoral students to junior faculty, building a national pipeline of Latino researchers and physicians. Redes also launched the careers of 18 NCI pilot investigators who leveraged $900,000 in NCI cancer research funding into $100 million in cancer and chronic disease research.
From 2010-2015, Redes is identifying and competitively selecting up to three Redes Scholars—post-doctoral and junior faculty investigators - a year for a formal training program to increase the number and quality of Latino researchers working to reduce cancer health disparities.
Redes seeks to improve awareness of and access to cancer screening, treatment and beneficial cancer interventions. Redes has reached communities and researchers nationally through: more than 2,000 cancer education events; bilingual education materials, such as Buena Vida cancer health magazines and Nuestras Historias websites and E-communications; and PSAs.
From 2010-2015, Redes is raising awareness through a Latino health blog and social media campaign, called SaludToday a patient navigator training manual and training videos; a full-time community health educator; presentations; a partnership with LIVESTRONG to promote services for Latino cancer survivors and other outreach focusing on survivors.
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