Providing training opportunities for the Latino community is a top priority for Redes En Acción. In its first decade, Redes provided mentoring and training to more than 215 individuals, from undergraduates through early career development. Building upon its robust 10-year history of training and mentoring scores of Hispanic/Latino (HL) students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty investigators, Redes En Acción has formalized a Training Program to increase the number and quality of HL researchers skilled in using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to reduce cancer health disparities. The Redes En Acción Training Program is recruiting post-doctoral and junior faculty HL investigators with research programs in cancer control. These recruits' careers are being developed and guided by Redes' strong minority leadership and its network of HL investigators from multiple disciplines who have well-established, collaborative track records mentoring HL post-doctoral trainees and assistant professors toward research careers in cancer control and prevention. The Redes En Acción Training Program is based at the Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). MERC, a research center directed by Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, who also directs Redes' Northwest region and leads this Training Program, helps develop minority investigators who research health disparities. Within the MERC umbrella, Redes will establish a training program to develop between 5 and 15 HL cancer control investigators who will use CBPR to conduct cancer health disparities research and be eligible for Redes' pilot research funding in Years 3-5 of the program
The main goal of the Redes En Acción Training Program is to increase the number and quality of early career HL scientists engaged in cancer health disparities research using CBPR. The specific aims are to:
- Identify and competitively select 1 to 3 HL Redes Scholars per year (5 to 15 over five years) from Redes' Regional Network Centers (RNCs) for training in health disparities research using CBPR methods.
- Train and mentor these Redes Scholars in conducting research on HL cancer health disparities that lead to effective CBPR pilot projects (potentially funded through Redes) to reduce cancer health disparities.
- Maintain mentoring for Redes Scholars through: 1) completion of a pilot-type research study (potentially funded through Redes); 2) publication of study results; 3) creation of a career development plan; and 4) development of an independent research proposal.
Other Training Opportunities
Providing Latino individuals with resourceful information necessary to pursue a career in cancer research is another high priority for Redes En Acción. Please see the Links page for more information on training prospects, as the sites listed there are particularly helpful for those who are looking for a training opportunity related to Latino health.