CCARE - Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education

The Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education (CCARE) is a broad initiative that implements best practice community strategies to reduce and eliminate health inequities. Our mission is to increase education and awareness of the most advanced practices in health care for all patients, bringing the best that City of Hope has to offer to underrepresented and underserved patients and communities. CCARE works to achieve this by providing free education, training and screenings throughout the community.
 

Programs and initiatives

Eat, Move, Live!

This community collaborative program links City of Hope with cities and school districts to implement an obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases prevention program via culturally and linguistically appropriate nutrition and exercise classes for children and their parents, in a local school setting.

Over the years, the "Eat, Move, Live!" lifestyle intervention program has demonstrated success in increasing knowledge and practice of health behaviors among both adults and children.

  • Started in 2008
  • 12-week program, meeting two hours each week
  • Includes workout equipment, recipes, and other nutrition and physical activities resources
     
At the end of this class series, all participants reported they planned to use the healthy lifestyle changes they learned.
 
Community Research Navigators
The community research navigator (CRN) program trains community health leaders or promotoras to become research navigators. As CRNs, promotoras disseminate information and educate the community about biospecimen donation, clinical trials and research participation projects, which aids in the promotion ethnic minority participation in research.
 
CRNs are trained in:
  1. Research Process — purpose and process of clinical trials, biospecimen donation and population studies;
  2. Community Engagement — improve low participation rates of African- and Latino-Americans in research and the potential impact health outcomes
  3. Advocacy — promotion of “research advocacy” and the idea that biospecimen donation, clinical trials and research participation are critical components of achieving health equity for most.
 
Community Education and Screenings 
CCARE provides educational materials, workshops, presentations and skill-building demonstrations. To address disparities, CCARE also partners with community leaders in the Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire areas to hold health fairs and cancer screening events. To date, thousands of participants (predominantly African-American, Asian-American and Latino-American) have participated in various community education events, and have reported increased knowledge of cancer risk reduction and awareness of community cancer resources. Health screenings include diabetes and blood pressure tests, and cancer screenings.
 
Minority Cancer Awareness Week Forum
The Minority Cancer Awareness Week Forum brings scientists, physicians, health advocates and policymakers together to discuss health equity concerns and share information and learnings. The purpose of the forum is to increase education and awareness of the most advanced practices in health care for all patients, bringing the best that City of Hope has to offer to underrepresented and underserved patients and communities. The forum includes presentations, exhibitors and a poster session where local community partners present their work focusing on community-based participatory research models, approaches to improve health outcomes, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health. 
 
Community Excellence Award recognizes a City of Hope community partner that provides outstanding support in addressing and impacting the health needs of our community.
 
  • 2018 Award Recipient: Cesar Monsalve, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Duarte
  • 2019 Award Recipient: Jim Morris, director of Men Educating Men About Health