Developing a community-based collaboration to reduce cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in California

Pac Health Dialog. 2007 Mar;14(1):119-27.


Cancer is a leading cause of death for Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, but education and research efforts addressing the needs ofPacific Islanders in the continental U.S. is sparse. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development of a community-based participatory research network dedicated to addressing cancer health disparities among Chamorros, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans and Tongans in Southern California. Community-based organizations (CBO) comprise the focus of the network, and their efforts have included increasing cancer-related awareness in their communities, developing capacities regarding cancer control, and initiating collaborative research efforts with academic partners. First year processes and outcomes are described, and specific examples are given from two CBO partners.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • American Samoa / ethnology
  • Awareness
  • California / epidemiology
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Guam / ethnology
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Pacific Islands / ethnology
  • Program Development*