CCARE - Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education
Programs and initiatives
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
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.
- Research Process — purpose and process of clinical trials, biospecimen donation and population studies;
- Community Engagement — improve low participation rates of African- and Latino-Americans in research and the potential impact health outcomes
- 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.
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.
- 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