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FilAm Cancer Study

It is with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with Stanford Cancer Institute in the embarking of a major year-long action study focused on understanding Cancer awareness, prevention and attitudes with Filipina/x/o communities in Santa Clara County. Our Cancer Action Study will begin July 1, 2022 and conclude July 1, 2023.

While Filipinas/xs/os represent an overwhelmingly significant demographic of healthcare professionals working on and across the frontlines in delivering critical, life-saving treatment and services, our invisibilization in medical research cannot be ignored!

Not much is known or understood about Filipina/x/o health practices and outcomes in medical documentation and literature. This absence in knowledge of FilAm experiences and health outcomes breeds continued homogeneity in aggregate health data, which tends to be based on outcomes of White patients. Increasing the racial and ethnic diversity in health assessments, instruments, reports and statistical data better informs experiences reflective of our community and cultural practices.

Growing this body of work to bring attention to our community’s healthcare needs is but one of the many reasons we worked on this partnership for 18+ months. Addressing racial inequities and cultural gaps in the delivery of prevention and intervention services, treatment and medicine is a true necessity.

Our field work and electronic surveying efforts officially begin July 1, 2022.

Read the official press release here:

For more information about our Cancer Action Study, please contact our Community Health Team:

Michelle Nelmida

Jennifer Cayanan