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Special Interest Project II: Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control

Grant: U48/CCU 609653


As Hispanics/Latinos are the fastest growing minority population in the U.S. and cancer is their leading cause of premature death, the Special Interest II (SIP II) project sought to establish a Cancer Prevention and Control Network for Texas and surrounding states. The network was comprised of the University of Texas School of Public Health Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (a CDC-funded Prevention Research center), community-based organizations, health departments, practice settings, an NCI Special Populations Network (Redes En Acción at Baylor College of Medicine) and an NCI-funded cancer research center (M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center).


  • Maria E. Fernandez, PhD
    Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, School of Public Health, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research
  • Guillermo Tortolero-Luna, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the UTSPH and CHPPR and of Gynecologic Oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center


  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
    IHPR, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (at Baylor College of Medicine for this project)


  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Redes En Acción)
  • National Center for Farmworker Health
  • American Cancer Society
  • Texas Department of Health – Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
  • Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition
  • Center for Border Health Research, El Paso
  • Migrant Health Promotion
  • Hispanic Health Coalition
  • Texas Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition
  • National Center for Farm-worker Health
  • The Cancer Information Service
  • Texas Cancer Council


Texas and surrounding states along the Texas-Mexico border region


The aim of the project was to eventually end the cancer-related health disparities among Hispanics/Latinos through community based intervention and dissemination research, made possible by the establishment of Cancer Prevention and Control Networks.


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