Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D., professor and director of City of Hope’s Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE), is a researcher focused on improving and expanding care for underserved populations. She is currently conducting several studies relevant to access to care, and recently completed a pilot study on cervical cancer related stigma that also implemented a multi-channel media intervention to increase Pap testing in Trinidad and Southern California. She is focused on cervical cancer research program towards the development of effective, culturally and socioecologically responsive interventions to address stigma and other barriers to cervical cancer prevention and control.
Dr. Ashing has almost 20 years experience in health disparities, behavioral health, minority engagement in research and cancer related population outcomes research. She has published seminal work on the inclusion of cultural, social and ecological domains in investigating patient centered outcomes with a focus on health disparities and increasing recruitment/retention of minority populations in research.
Dr. Ashing is a licensed clinical psychologist and draws from behavioral, psychological and social theories and practice for her overall work. She has served as ad hoc member of various NIH health grant reviews focused on disparities research, and her current and completed studies have been funded by the American Cancer Society, California Cancer Research Program, Komen Foundation and the Department of Defense, and she is co-investigator or consultant on three NIH funded studies.
My studies have demonstrated the following key findings relevant to health related quality of life outcomes. My work is seminal and informs the health related quality of life research relevant to ethnic and linguistic minorities:
My early work showed the contributions of socioecological and cultural dimension of health related quality of life and survivorship outcomes:
My ongoing investigations focusing on health disparities in cancer, at the systemic level, including my studies demonstrating diagnostic and therapeutic delays in underserved populations:
My studies have demonstrated that there exist persistent health-related quality of life (HRQOL) concerns with differential outcomes among multi-ethnic cancer survivors.
Dr. Ashing and CCARE implements studies investigating the benefit of culturally and clinically responsive interventions with African-American and Latina-American cancer survivors. The results are encouraging and provide evidence that culturally, socially and clinically responsive educational interventions are effective.
Central to our mission is the engagement of ethnic minority in the scientific arena including clinical trials, biospecimen, population and behavioral research. We work to build capacity and infrastructure among our members to be well equip to partner in research and projects, as well as engage communities in cancer research, including cervical cancer studies, to speed up our understanding of cancer prevention and control, and the benefit of science in our communities to reduce health disparities and bring health equity. Further, Dr. Ashing at COH united eight community based advocacy and cancer supportive organization to form the African American Cancer Coalition (AACC). The AACC is a collaborative group made up of active, independent grass-roots community organizations who have joined forces using community participatory research principles (CPR) to examine and improve prevention practices, survivorship and health related quality of life outcomes among African Descended peoples.