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The University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research

The University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson Cancer Center Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research seeks to address and, ultimately, eliminate cancer health disparities through the development of clinical, research, outreach and educational activities that benefit both institutions. The Community Outreach Program is part of this partnership and emphasizes educating communities about cancer prevention and control. Past and present research topics include efforts in tobacco control, increase of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination uptake. The Community Outreach Program works with community partners and U54 trainees in identifying areas of cancer control need and building capacity for both community-based participatory research and program implementation. This program is funded by the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Health Disparities.

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Dr. Maria Fernandez (Co-Leader)