The disproportionately lower number of certain subpopulations participating in clinical and prevention research has a significant impact on the representativeness of scientific outcomes and result in social and clinical injustices.(1) Latinos are one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States and in Western New York and mirror blacks in their perception of equally high levels of risk for participating in cancer screening examinations and for volunteering to become research participants in biomedical studies.(2) This proposal will investigate strategies to engage Latinos in Buffalo with scientists at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to increase mutual understanding of each other and participation in biospecimen donation for cancer prevention research, thereby, obtaining pilot data on variations in the types of biospecimens donated (i.e., saliva and/or blood). We will build on our existing partnership with a cohort of more than 500 Latina women and men who participated in a community-based breast and cervical cancer educational prevention inten/ention program (Study Title: Esperanza y Vida) to address the following specific aims: 1) Investigate the perceptions, knowledge and beliefs of representatives from the Latino community in Buffalo to determine how these perceptions are likely to impact participation in research using the Pata Bank &BioRepository (PBBR) as a focus, 2) Pevelop a pilot community-friendly intervention to enhance knowledge, understanding, intent, and participation in research by Latino residents that focuses on participation in the PBBR, 3) Investigate the feasibility and effectiveness of educating and recruiting Latina women and their families to biospecimen donation for research through community-based methods and interventions within the Esperanza y Vida study cohort as measured through attendance, surveys and study participation. Results from tiiis study are expected to identify specific barriers, challenges, and assets to research participation with our local Latino communities; and the technical accommodations necessary for a research institution and community partners to recruit, accrue, and analyze measures related to cancer research. This can lead to specific testable research hypotheses, potential for future environmental epidemiological CBPR studies, and provide guidelines and a foundation for building Latino community capacity around research projects.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZCA1)
Program Officer
Banez, Lionel L
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corp
United States
Zip Code
Widman, Christy A; Rodriguez, Elisa M; Saad-Harfouche, Frances et al. (2018) Clinician and Parent Perspectives on Educational Needs for Increasing Adolescent HPV Vaccination. J Cancer Educ 33:332-339
Mahoney, Martin C; Erwin, Deborah O; Twarozek, Annamaria Masucci et al. (2018) Leveraging technology to promote smoking cessation in urban and rural primary care medical offices. Prev Med 114:102-106
Ray, Andrew D; Twarozek, Annamaria Masucci; Williams, Brian T et al. (2018) Exercise in African American and White Colorectal Cancer Survivors: A Mixed Methods Approach. Rehabil Oncol 36:188-197
Soucise, Allison; Vaughn, Caila; Thompson, Cheryl L et al. (2017) Sleep quality, duration, and breast cancer aggressiveness. Breast Cancer Res Treat 164:169-178
Rodriguez, Elisa M; Saad-Harfouche, Frances G; Miller, Austin et al. (2016) Engaging diverse populations in biospecimen donation: results from the Hoy y MaƱana study. J Community Genet 7:271-277
Mahoney, Martin C; Saad-Harfouche, Frances G; Widman, Christy A et al. (2016) Clinician Misperceptions about the Importance of Adolescent HPV Vaccination. World J Vaccines 6:
duPont, Nefertiti C; Mahoney, Martin C; Kahn, Linda S et al. (2016) Developing a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Low Income and Minority Women. J Womens Health Care 5:
Rodriguez, Elisa M; Twarozek, Annamaria Masucci; Erwin, Deborah O et al. (2016) Perspectives on Smoking Cessation in Northern Appalachia. J Community Health 41:211-9
Sly, Jamilia; Jandorf, Lina; Erwin, Deborah O (2015) Who's Missing? Predictors of Attrition Following Participation in Culturally Targeted Educational Breast and Cervical Cancer Outreach Programs for Latinas. J Health Commun 20:851-8
Chambers, Meghan K; Ireland, Anna; D'Aniello, Rona et al. (2015) Lessons Learned from the Evolution of an Academic Community Partnership: Creating ""Patient Voices"". Prog Community Health Partnersh 9:243-51

Showing the most recent 10 out of 29 publications