City of Hope’s Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education, or CCARE, and its founding director were recently honored by two groups for their cancer outreach work.
|Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa (Photo by p.cunningham)|
Los Angeles County honored CCARE in appreciation of its community partnership with the American Cancer Society’s San Gabriel Valley unit. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa, Ph.D., CCARE director and professor of population sciences, received the award. She serves on the American Cancer Society’s Los Angeles regional and San Gabriel Valley councils.
Ashing-Giwa also was honored previously by Women of Color, the largest and most established African-American breast cancer survivorship support organization. Ashing-Giwa has collaborated with the organization for 15 years and is one of its scientific advisors.
“When we started, there was very little literature on African-Americans and breast cancer — and no survivorship research,” Ashing-Giwa said. But in the years since, research opportunities have grown, and her partnership with the group resulted in the African American Cancer Coalition: a unification of numerous support and advocacy groups that aims to increase African-Americans’ voice in cancer research.
The coalition, initiated through a CCARE pilot grant from the California Breast Cancer Research Program, seeks to inform and train community members to become involved in research and use data to advance health and community advocacy.