Nuevo Amanecer is a CBPR project funded by a California Breast Cancer Research Program Community Research Collaboration Award in which we are conducting a randomized controlled-trial in 5 communities to test a peer-delivered psychosocial health intervention for newly diagnosed Spanish-speaking Latinas with breast cancer. It builds on a long-standing partnership between a Latina researcher at UCSF and Circulo de Vida Cancer Support and ResourceCenter in the Mission District of San Francisco. In this case study, we will present the processes we have used to develop dissemination strategies, identify dissemination products and audiences, collect and analyze data to generate these products, and the nature of these products.
University of California, San Francisco
Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and Resource Center
Anna Nápoles, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is affiliated with the UCSFCenter for Aging in Diverse Communities where she leads the Community Liaison Core and Co-leads the Measurement and Methods Core, and with Redes en Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network. Her research focuses on patient-clinician communication, cancer disparities among underserved adults, and community-based models of research and service delivery in ethnically and socioeconomically diverse groups. She has built community-academic research partnerships to implement evidence-based behavioral interventions for ethnically diverse adults in community-based settings. Currently, she is involved in two community-based randomized controlled trials, one testing a cognitive-behavioral stress management intervention for Latinas with breast cancer and another examining the effects of community choirs on the health and well-being of older adults.
Carmen Ortiz, PhD, a psychologist and breast cancer survivor, is considered a pioneer in the field of Spanish-language cancer psychosocial support. She is founder and Executive Director of the Círculo de Vida Cancer Support and ResourceCenter, the first successful Spanish-language support program in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Ortiz specializes in Spanish-language support group development and community outreach planning. She developed and implemented a hospital based support program for newly diagnosed Latinas at San Francisco GeneralHospital, and an in-home support program for Latinos in the terminal phase of their illness. Dr. Ortiz has provided in-depth training for providers and has written two manuals on culturally competent and appropriate support for Latina cancer patients. “A Guide to Developing and Sustaining Spanish-Speaking Support Groups for Latinas who have Breast Cancer,” and “A Peer Support Program for Latinas with Breast Cancer: Las Angelitas Model.” Dr. Ortiz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988. She was 39 years old.