City of Hope established the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE) in 2006. The Center’s objective is to improve healthcare access, disease diagnosis and treatment outcomes for ethnic minorities and others living in lower socioeconomic communities.
Spearheaded by Dr. Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D., CCARE aims to turn the latest scientific knowledge into the most advanced medical services for underserved patients and communities.
Understanding Health Disparities
When faced with life-threatening diseases like cancer, a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities experience poor life expectancy, unfavorable disease outcomes, and mortality. Some of the disparity can be attributed to delayed diagnosis and lack of easy access to the latest treatments. Other considerations include biological and genetic factors. Finally, 60-80 percent of poor outcomes result from lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, inactivity and poor nutrition.
Promoting Community Participation; Encouraging Diversity
CCARE’s efforts to inform underserved communities of the cancer-related resources available to them include increased education via community workshops; an increase in services, such as cancer prevention and screening; documentation of the risks present in targeted communities, such as health needs, resource gaps, and quality of life issues; and establishment of strong partnerships between the scientific community and members of the underserved population, leading to expansion of minority participation in research.
While partnering with community organizations in these efforts, City of Hope staff members provide time and expertise in other cancer-related areas, such as genetics, survivorship, quality of life, treatment, pain management, psychosocial concerns, and family issues. In addition, City of Hope has created continuing education outreach programs specifically for care providers working with underserved populations. The Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics' Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment for community-based clinicians plays an increasingly important role in cancer prevention and control among at-risk populations.
Diversity in Clinical Trials, Biospecimen Studies, and Health Research
City of Hope is proud to be at the forefront of innovation in personalized approaches to cancer treatment. While these approaches optimize patient outcomes, positive results depend on community-wide participation. Only when ethnic minorities are properly represented in clinical trials will underserved communities be able to benefit from innovative, personalized treatment.
Our Advisory Council
CCARE’s Advisory Council members represent a wide cross-section of concerned Southern Californians from government, academia, medicine, public health, and community interest groups. Advisory Council members are dedicated to furthering CCARE’s mission of improving healthcare access, disease diagnosis, and treatment outcomes in underserved communities.
Phyllis Clark, President,
Eudora Mitchell, Director,
Lucy Young, Herald Cancer Association
Patricia Tucker, Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA)
Tamira Clark, iDeam Foundation
Mark Pilon, Komen Los Angeles
Eva Meyers, White Memorial Medical Center
Jim Morris, Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH)
Cesar Monsalve, City of Duarte Parks and Recreation Dept.
Reeza Epino, Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health Monrovia Health Center
Ambrocia Lopez, Komen Orange County
Magdalena Lopez, El Proyecto del Barrio
Lisa Dowd, Duarte Unified School District
Jeanette Flores, Center for Public Health Advocacy
Deborrah Carter, Sister Survivor
Amelia Tena, Pacoima Beautiful