2010 National Latino Cancer Summit

Institution: Latinas Contra Cancer
Investigator(s): Ysabel Duron,  -
Award Cycle: 2010 (Cycle 16) Grant #: 16MB-0001 Award: $25,000
Award Type: Joining Forces Conference Award
Research Priorities
Community Impact of Breast Cancer>Disparities: eliminating the unequal burden of breast cancer

Initial Award Abstract (2010)

On July 27-29, 2010, Latinas Contra Cancer will convene the 2nd National Latino Cancer Summit in San Francisco, CA. The 1st Summit was a resounding success, drawing 325 participants; most were from California (62%). The Summit goal is to bring together Latino researchers, community agencies, and educators to create opportunities for collaboration to address Latino cancer disparities and draw attention to Latino cancer issues. With the exception of one of 14 panels that focused on lung cancer and tobacco, all of last year’s panels emphasized breast cancer research in California. Two-thirds of accepted abstracts focused on breast cancer related research and community needs. Based on feedback from attendees, the 2010 Summit will address the cancer care continuum-prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life, and should provide take away solutions or applications within the framework of Prevention, Intervention and Innovation.

The defining feature that makes this conference so unique is the full integration of scientists and community representatives on all panels and workshops. The 2010 Summit theme, Science Meets Service - Moving Forward Together, reflects our commitment to this approach. The Summit will include speakers on the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer, breast cancer survivorship and pain management, Latinas and breast cancer and the environment, tissue banking for breast cancer research, and the psychosocial health of Latinas with breast cancer. Other cross-cutting themes that are particularly relevant for increasing access to quality cancer care in California across the full continuum of care and cancer sites include: ethnic diversity of the medical research pipeline, cultural competence of health care, training for promotoras on cancer clinical trials and advocacy, and alternative medicine.

One measurable product will consist of the attendance of community representatives. The proposed grant will provide much-needed scholarships to community based organization (CBO) and Latino student attendees who would otherwise not have the resources to attend, but whose voices are critical if we are to make a dent on breast cancer. Another important product would be an on-site survey of attendees using instant audience polling technology to secure input on priorities for a Latino cancer agenda with specific questions on the ethnic diversity of California and how this affects our ability to address Latino cancer disparities. Our 3rd product will be a published compendium of abstracts accepted for the Summit. The 4th product will be development of priorities for a national Latino cancer agenda by attendees during a working lunch. The 5th product will be an online follow-up survey to measure outcomes, such as new collaborations fostered, use of information gathered, if research was enhanced, or new research initiated based on the Summit. Our 6th product will synthesize findings from the preceding four products through an executive summary of the results of the conference documenting who attended, the breadth of accepted abstracts, the main findings of the instant polling and follow-up survey, and recommendations for a national Latino cancer agenda with special emphasis on mobilizing community and academic constituencies in California.

As occurred in the 2008 Summit, advocates, students, health care professionals, and scientists will learn firsthand about state-of-the-art scientific advances in cancer research and the implications for improving cancer outcomes among Latinos. Using a very interactive format, community and academic attendees will have spirited exchanges of information and opinions on such topics as genetic research on breast cancer, access to quality cancer care, and equity in benefits of research. We will give community educators an opportunity to learn from cancer researchers about how research results may be applied to local California neighborhoods and nationwide, and provide researchers with an opportunity to learn from community participants. Mutual learning is a key component of the Summit. For example, in the previous Summit, on-site representatives from the Komen Tissue Bank at Indiana State University Cancer Center informed promotoras about how saliva and buccal smear samples and survey data are used in breast cancer research. This resulted in the collection of 50 samples from Latina promotoras during the conference. This illustrates how a call to action from the podium resulted in a substantial contribution to the fight against breast cancer among Latinas. This conference will address head-on community concerns about environmental exposures, disproportionately high mortality, and the incidence of aggressive triple negative breast tumors that cry out for joint advocate-scientific partnerships.