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Community Liason Core: Current Projects

We highlight a few projects of the Community Liaison Core below.

Nuevo Amanecer is actively recruiting participants through June 2013, so please spread the word.



The Live Well, Be Well has been completed and below you can find links to all the diabetes risk reduction materials created and tested in the study.


The Clinical Trials and Recruitment of Minorities studytested a multi-level model of predictors of minority participation in prostate cancer clinical trials presented below.

Community of Voices/Comunidad de Voces is a community-based research project that will find out if singing  in a choir can help older adults stay healthy.

If you are 60 years or older and live in San Francisco and would like more information, please call Rachel at 415-476-5903 (habla español)

Please watch the television coverage our program received: "Can singing lead to a longer, healthier life?"

The “Community of Voices / Comunidad de Voces” is a new community-based research project that will examine the efficacy of a community choir program for promoting health and independence of older adults.  Drs. Julene Johnson, Anna Nápoles, and Anita Stewart at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), are leading the project. 

UCSF is partnering with the San Francisco Community Music Center (CMC) and 12 San Francisco Department of Aging and Adults Services (DAAS) Senior Centers to evaluate the efficacy of a 12-month community choir program that was specially developed for ethnically diverse older adults.   No prior singing experience is necessary.  The CMC is providing professional music leadership and choir directors.  The choir sessions will take place weekly for 90 minutes.  Participants will complete a comprehensive assessment of their health and well-being before they start the choir program, with additional assessments after 6 and 12 months.

We are recruiting both men and women age 60 or older who would like to sing in a community choir. Participants will receive $105 for completing the study.  For more information, please call Rachel at 415-476-5903 (habla español)

This project is funded by the National Institute on Aging, grant no. R01AG042526



If you are a Latina woman who has been diagnosed recently (within the last 12 months) with breast cancer and would like more information, please call Jasmine toll free at (855) 755-8273.

NUEVO AMANECER (A NEW DAWN): A Community-based Participatory Research Project to Provide Information and Support to Latinas with Breast Cancer

Working with a network of community-based organizations, Anna Nápoles, Jasmine Santoyo-Olsson, and Marynieves Diaz Mendez have launched a new project called Nuevo Amanecer. This project is unique because it is testing a new 8-week support program developed specifically for Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer. Latinas who have had breast cancer, called Compañeras, are trained to offer the Nuevo Amanecer program and can travel to patients’ homes for 8 weekly sessions that are designed to help women manage the impact of breast cancer.  We are recruiting women through mid 2013 who would like to receive the support program and help us evaluate it.  Women will receive $100 for completing the study. 

This project is funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program, grant nos. 15BB-1300 and 15BB-1301.

Community partners:

Círculo de Vida
Asociación Hispana del Cáncer
Latinas Contra Cáncer
San Mateo Medical Center WCRC


Diabetes Risk Reduction Program: Live Well, Be Well
A Research Partnership with the Berkeley Department of Public Health to Reduce Diabetes Risk among Low-income Adults

Live Well, Be Well was a translational research study to evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based lifestyle diabetes risk reduction program designed for lower socioeconomic status, minority, and Spanish-speaking adults at risk of diabetes. The project was a partnership between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and the City of Berkeley Division of Public Health (BDPH).  The Live Well, Be Well program was evaluated through a 1-year randomized controlled trial by UCSF.  Community-based outreach and diabetes risk screening in lower-income communities provided health education about diabetes risk factors and personal risk, and identified people at risk prior to recruitment. The individually-tailored lifestyle program, Live Well, Be Well, is available in English and Spanish and provided education and skills training to improve diet and increase physical activity.  It was delivered by BDPH trained counselors.  The curriculum and health education materials used in the Live Well, Be Well program are available online and include technical assistance to people interested in adapting the program for use in other communities. For more information see http://iha.ucsf.edu/LiveWellBeWell/

This project was funded by a translational research grant (R18 DK067896) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Community partner:

City of Berkeley Division of Public Health


Clinical Trials and Recruitment of Minorities into Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials

Minority patients are underrepresented in prostate cancer clinical trials.  Enhanced participation by minorities in these trials is necessary to assess the effectiveness of advances in prostate cancer care among diverse populations and to ensure equity in the distribution of new treatment benefits. Dr. Celia Kaplan completed a study in January 2011, in which representatives from 44 clinical trial sites were surveyed about trial characteristics (see Figure) that are important for equitable representation of minority participants in prostate cancer clinical trials.  Below is the framework being tested in this study.

Funded by grant W81XWH-09-1-0201 from the Department of Defense/USAMRC Prostate Cancer Research Program.



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