Minority populations and persons of less privileged socioeconomic status suffer a disproportionate burden of disease and associated complications from many serious health conditions in the U.S. In addition, as the U.S. population ages, older persons as a group are increasingly more ethnically diverse with social and behavioral factors predicting substantial variation in functioning and morbidity in older adults. To address these issues, the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) was established at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 1997 under the leadership of Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD. CADC is one of six national Centers funded by the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health.
The CADC is committed to increasing high quality research focused on the concerns of aging Latinos and African Americans by:
- Increasing the number of researchers devoted to improving the health of Latino, Asian, and African American elder adults and reducing health disparities
- Developing and mentoring minority researchers by providing training and support for proposals, pilot studies, and dissemination of research findings
- Collecting and validating existing measures for research with Latinos, Asians, and African Americans, and developing new measures
- Recruiting and retaining Latinos and African Americans for clinical research
- Funding and implementing new pilot studies that advance knowledge on healthy aging, disease, and disability among older African Americans, Asians, and Latinos
- Disseminating information about interventions to reduce disease and disability and improve the health of older Latino, Asian, and African American adults
Practices that Reduce the Latina Survival Disparity after Breast Cancer. Latina breast cancer patients are 20 percent more likely to die within 5 years after diagnosis compared with White women, even though they have a lower incidence of breast cancer, lower general mortality rates, and some better health behaviors. Led by Dr. Julie Smith-Gagen and senior author Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, this study evaluated whether utilization of mammography and primary care drive the shorter survival in Latina women compared with White women.
It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the loss of Frank E. Staggers, Sr., MD, who passed away on November 11th, 2013. Dr. Staggers was one of the co-founders of the Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO). His contributions as physician in organized medicine, public health policy and the health and welfare of patients, students and underserved communities in California and nationwide are immeasurable. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at 12 p.m., at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, located at 2121 Harrison St, in Oakland, CA.
In honor of Doctor Staggers, an endowment fund has been established at UC Berkeley, the Frank and Carolyn Staggers Memorial Fund to Promote Diversity in Higher Education. The endowment will support undergraduate community college transfer students, and contributions will be matched by the Walter and Evelyn Haas Jr. Fund. To contribute go to www.givetocal.berkeley.edu/staggers.
Ysabel Duron, a strong and long time community research collaborator with CADC, is one of the Purpose Prize winners for 2013. Read more about the story by clicking here. Ysabel taps into her own experience as a cancer survivor to shine a spotlight on cancer for Latino communities across the United States
Laura Fejerman, PhD publishes in Cancer Research: Genetic Ancestry and Risk Of Mortality Among U.S. Latinas with Breast Cancer
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