Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

Mayra Serrano, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Bridging The Gap: Educating Minority Communities About Cancer Prevention

July 31, 2017 | Dory Benford

At City of Hope, the Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education (CCARE), seeks to facilitate better communication with minority patients, particularly about cancer prevention, by fostering strong partnerships with various community organizations.

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Lowering Cancer Risk by Improving the Environment

April 12, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

Environment has a direct association with overall health and cancer risk. Without access to affordable, nutritious foods, communities become obese. And obesity is incontrovertibly linked to an increased risk of cancer. Poorer communities are disproportionately affected.

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‘Poverty is a Carcinogen’: The Link Between Environment and Cancer

April 11, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

The environment is full of all sorts of unpleasant things that can make you sick – bacteria, viruses, chemicals and even radiation. But exposure is higher for poor communities. And environment – be it social or physical – plays a critical role in the health of an individual and community.

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Mayra Serrano, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Working to Build Trust in Minority Communities

April 6, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

Minority populations lack trust in the health care system for many reasons, among them a history of discrimination and the failure of health care institutions to provide culturally sensitive care. But City of Hope researchers are slowly but surely turning the tide.

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A Serious Lack of Trust: The Unhealthy Relationship Between Minorities and Health Care

April 5, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

There are numerous barriers to addressing health care disparities. There are financial obstacles and issues of access. But looming over everything is a more intractable foe: a persistent, pervasive lack of trust in the health care system.

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Make March the Month You "Screen to Save"

March 2, 2017 | City of Hope

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and the second deadliest. Despite those grim statistics, in most states less than 20 percent of racial and ethnic minorities have been screened for CRC within the past year. For physicians and scientists at City of Hope, that number is far too low.

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Kimlin Ashing Q&A: Reducing cancer health disparities

April 28, 2016 | City of Hope

Cancer continues to have a widespread impact on our families, friends and communities. City of Hope's Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D. shares her insights on health disparities among minority populations and how best to overcome barriers to better care.

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The Health Disparities Movement: Looking back, looking ahead

May 20, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

“Of all forms of inequality, injustice in the health care system is the most shocking and inhumane.” CCARE helps underserved populations learn more, live healthier and receive better care. By the time the Rev.

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City of Hope receives SCALE award to improve health of community

May 15, 2015 | City of Hope

City of Hope has been selected as a pacesetter community to join a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at accelerating the improvement of health and well-being. The City of Hope efforts are led by Kimlin Tam Ashing.

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Minority health awareness: Change starts with listening

April 27, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

Noe Chavez became animated when he recalled the story: Minority populations face a higher risk of cancer and other diseases than nonminority populations. Ending those disparities starts with listening.

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