Cancer Institute A national cancer institute
designated cancer center

Kim F. Rhoads

Community and International Work Details

  • Project Title:  Cancer care access
  • Topic/emphasis:  Access to Care; Migrant Farm Populations; Cancer Disparities
  • Partnering Organization(s):  Local Providers Salinas
  • Populations Served:  Latino populations of Salinas Valley
  • Location:  Bay Area
  • Specific Location:  Monterey County
  • This an ongoing project:  Yes
  • There are opportunities for student involvement in work:  No
  • Description:  We are currently undertaking a needs assessment regarding access (and barriers) to cancer care in the Salinas Valley. Activities include focus groups with cancer survivors and family members as well as key informant interviews with regional care providers. The Salinas Valley is largely inhabited by Latino migrant farmworker populations. These populations are largely underserved with respect to cancer care, and suffer considerable disparities in environmental exposures; low screening rates for many cancers and impaired access to care for a variety of reasons. We hope the results of this work will lead to sustainable community partnerships with local providers to improve cancer education and access to care with a specific focus on the quality of care delivered. Ideally partnerships will function at multiple levels, including joint grant and CBPR project development; clinical engagement via telemedicine and access for community providers to academic resources. The needs assessment period ends September 2012. Resulting collaborative work toward stated goals are currently underway.

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