A bilingual health educator will be hired for a pilot research project, "Cancer de Mama: Latinas' Experiences of Breast Cancer Treatment in Santa Cruz County."
The project, which runs through February 2015, aims to decrease health care disparities in the county.
The new position is funded by a $15,000 grant by the California HealthCare Foundation. The decision on how to fill it has not been made yet.
"This is a marvelous research project that melds very well with our Healthy Breast Campaign program," said Dr. Larry deGhetaldi, president of Palo Alto Medical Foundation Santa Cruz.
"Through my work, I have seen firsthand the impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on low-income Latinas and recognize that this needs more study," said Carla Gomez, the Healthy Breast Campaign's outreach coordinator in Santa Cruz County.
She collaborated with Meghan Halley, an assistant research anthropologist at the PAMF Research Institute, to develop a proposal that was awarded $212,000 by the California Breast Cancer Research Program in September.
Since January 2011, Gomez has connected with more than 6,000 women and given dozens of presentations about breast cancer.
She serves as "navigator" for Latinas receiving breast cancer screening, often accompanying them to their appointments to provide reassurance and interpretation. She also helps breast cancer patients deal with complicated insurance and referral issues.
Researchers are looking for women who in the past five years have been diagnosed with breast cancer or served as primary caregiver for a family member diagnosed with breast cancer.
For information, call 650-853-4806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Latina participants sought for breast cancer study
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