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Redes En Acción

National network to reduce Latino Cancer.

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Training and internships to increase Latino doctors and cancer researchers.

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National network to inspire healthy community change for Latino and all families.


Past Projects

Latino Healthy Living

women planting garden Improving Physical Activity among Latina Girl Scouts The "Be Fit with Friends" intervention gives Latina Girl Scouts ages 11-14 options—from basic fitness equipment like jump ropes to volunteer opportunities to online social media, fitness video games and text messaging—to overcome barriers to physical activity in San Antonio.
smart phone app screen Y Living Researchers and YMCA of Greater San Antonio leaders are promoting Y Living, a program that uses e-mails, text messaging and other educational activities to help families get more physically activity, eat better and understand that healthy lifestyles can reduce cancer risk.
produce Nutrition and Exercise Start Today (NEST) The IHPR is testing the hypothesis that exposure to a clinic-based obesity management strategy, Nutrition and Exercise Start Today (NEST), will prevent excess weight gain among obese pediatric patients in a large rural pediatric practice in New Braunfels, Texas.
SALSI Health Disparities Research Forum This forum brought together San Antonio-area researchers to stimulate interests and opportunities for future collaboration and communication on health disparities. Forums were held in 2008 and 2011.
SALSI Miranós Early Childhood Intervention This intervention tested whether it is possible to indoctrinate early-childhood students—for life—with healthy habits via positive interactions with their parents, daycare teachers and other school workers.
Enlace: A Partnership to Promote Physical Activity Among Mexican Immigrant Women This study used a community-based participatory research approach to identify and understand factors that influence physical activity behavior for Mexican immigrant women in South Carolina and Texas.
Heart Healthy and Ethnically Relevant Lifestyle This evaluated the efficacy of combining a theory-based, community health care center-based behavioral counseling intervention with telephone counseling and tailored print materials to promote a low-fat diet and physical activity among financially disadvantaged African American women.
Reducing Cancer Health Disparities by Disseminating Evidence-Based Approaches for Energy Balance This assessed knowledge, attitudes and behaviors about nutrition and exercise among low-income Hispanic women older than 40 in Houston.
A Su Salud Part of a larger study called Programa A Su Salud, this project studied and demonstrated the effectiveness of mass media health messages using culturally relevant role models from the low-income community of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Multi-Cultural Tobacco Media and Community Control Studies in Texas This investigated and evaluated the processes and effects of media, peer networking, and education and policy activities to reduce smoking among the state’s white, Mexican American and African American middle- and high-school students.
Mass Media Intervention to Reduce Youth Smoking: Message Development Using Audience Research This developed TV and radio advertisements to help youths avoid or quit smoking cigarettes and increase the effectiveness of mass media campaigns that target youth tobacco control.
Sin Fumar: Preventing Tobacco Use Among Border Youth This aimed to prevent and reduce tobacco use among youth in grades 6-12 in Laredo, Texas, utilizing peer role models and behavioral journalism in a smoking prevention model.
Preventing Tobacco Use in Young Latino Workers in Texas Project This developed a program of mass media, peer networking, and Internet communications to reduce tobacco use among young, non-college-enrolled Latino workers at high risk for tobacco use.

Past Latino Cancer Projects

Gmap Targeting Cancer Health Disparities with GMaP The Region 4 Geographic Management Program (GMaP) is building a synergistic "hub" of multidisciplinary investigators to eliminate cancer health disparities in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado.
2 women Screening: Using Promotoras for Cancer Education Salud San Antonio! tests the use of community health workers (promotoras) to deliver cancer education to increase screening rates and knowledge of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among Latinas living in high-risk areas on San Antonio’s West and South sides.
teaser photo Survivorship: Exercise Behaviors in Latina Survivors This project tests whether Latina cancer survivors who receive a culturally tailored exercise intervention will be more likely to initiate/maintain exercise behaviors than Latinas who do not get the intervention.
teaser photo Genetic Testing for Latina Breast Cancer Risk The IHPR is leading a study to understanding Latinas’ decisions whether to get genetic testing for breast cancer risk, which may facilitate better-informed decisions regarding cancer prevention, risk reduction, more effective early detection, and better determination of risk for family members.
SALSI/CTRC Distinguished Health Disparities Lecture Series The series brought cancer prevention experts from around the nation to San Antonio to share insights and spark collaborations with local researchers. The series ran from 2010-2011.
Genetic Evaluation for Breast Cancer Susceptibility in South Texas This study examined how genetic counseling impacts awareness, perceptions, and decision-making about genetic among Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites.
A Patient Navigator Intervention This Pfizer-funded study aimed to use patient navigation to improve breast and cervical abnormality treatment outcomes among Latinas.
Recruiting into Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Trials This study used a community health worker/patient navigator to increase recruitment of children from Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley into clinical trials.
The Impact of Breast Cancer on the Hispanic Family This psychosocial study targeted the impact of breast cancer on the Hispanic family and its quality of life, with findings that reveal specific impacts on family members and Hispanics’ interests in genetic testing.
Psychosocial Study of Breast Cancer Survivorship and Genetic Testing This study sought to identify key psychosocial variables that influence effective communication of breast cancer risk information and genetic screening among members of Hispanic families with hereditary breast cancer.
Nuestras Historias: Mujeres Latinas Sobreviviendo el Cáncer del Seno This bilingual book tells the story of 26 South Texas who describe the Latina breast cancer experience and culturally relevant coping skills in their own words. The book was produced by Redes En Acción.
Buena Vida! Protecting Your Family from Breast Cancer These magazines used 24-page bilingual magazines to educate Hispanic communities about cancer issues and raise awareness about prevention and control activities that are intended to reduce the burden of cancer among Latinos.
Buena Vida! Magazine Evaluation and Cancer Genetics Network (CGN) Recruitment Study This evaluated the effectiveness of a culturally sensitive bilingual magazine and interpersonal communication in recruiting Hispanic participants in the Texas Cancer Genetics Network.
Replication of A Su Salud En Acción This project replicated a prior project’s breast and cervical cancer prevention and control efforts among Latinos, with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of Hispanic women who seek the services of the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network First funded from 2000 as this Special Population Network of the National Cancer Institute and then re-funded in 2005 and 2010, Redes developed a national infrastructure of academic centers, community and federal partners and local and regional health professionals, civic leaders and researchers to stimulate cancer control research, awareness and training.
National Hispanic Leadership Initiative on Cancer (NHLIC): En Acción This was the first comprehensive assessment of cancer risk factors among the major populations of Latinos and developed Latino-focused state-of-the-art cancer prevention and control strategies.
Special Interest Project II: Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control This established a Cancer Prevention and Control Network for Texas and surrounding states along the Texas-Mexico Border with a focus on eliminating cancer-related health disparities among Latinos.
Overcoming Barriers to Early Phase Clinical Trials (EPCT): Increasing EPCT Accrual in South Texas This studied the cultural, economic and structural barriers to early-phase clinical trial participation faced by patients and oncologists, and developed an interventional trial to reduce those barriers.
Texas Cancer Genetics Consortium: Education and Outreach Work Group This project helped develop communication functions, such as Web sites and newsletters, for the activities of the Cancer Genetics Network.
Hispanic/Latino Genetics Community Consultation Network (HLGCCN) This sought to increase Latino participation in genetics research by pilot-testing a participatory model of community consultation among a sample of representatives of U.S. Latinos to identify, prioritize, and disseminate information on genetics issues.