Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research


Puerto Rico U-54 Project.

Project Overview

The UPR/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Community Outreach Program emphasizes educating communities about cancer prevention and control. By working directly with community partners, we can address cancer health disparities through the development of research, outreach, and educational activities.


The Cancer Control Outreach Program (Outreach Program) is one of the cores of the Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research between The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Partnership to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) program. The objective of this alliance is to reduce the burden of cancer health disparities by effectively developing community outreach programs for vulnerable populations in Texas and Puerto Rico. Since our establishment in 2006, the Outreach Program has focused efforts in two branches: research and community outreach in the areas of tobacco prevention and control, public policies, and breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer prevention, as well as human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. Our research efforts have resulted in the development of educational interventions, culturally directed to our communities. Overall, the focus of our program is to reach the community in order to educate and guide with the best evidence-based strategies for cancer prevention.

This program was developed by the Outreach Program with funding from the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health under Grant [U54CA096297]; National Cancer Institute through a Community Networks Program Center under Grant [U54 CA153505]; and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number [2U54MD007587].

Project Staff

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