The University of Texas Prevention Research Center

Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control (LINCC)

Project Description

lincc-logoThe preventable burden of cancer will persist until we close the gap between what is known about prevention and early detection and what we do in communities. LINCC (Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control) is a Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute to accelerate adoption of evidence based cancer prevention and control in communities. Through collaboration with the community LINCC focuses on eliminating cancer-related disparities among diverse groups of Hispanics/Latinos in the Houston area, the Texas-Mexico border, Puerto Rico, and Miami. LINCC fosters strong collaborations among partners from the community, non-profit organizations (e.g., the National Center for Farmworker Health); state and local health departments; MD Anderson Cancer Research Center; community clinics, cancer screening and treatment centers; and health and social service providers throughout Texas and beyond.


  • Community-based collaboration focused on cancer control among Hispanics
  • Mini-grant awards to community partners to fund community based projects
  • Collaboration on research activities related to intervention, replication, and dissemination (including grant submission and manuscripts)
  • Collaboration on CPCRN cross-cancer workgroups that produce joint papers, grant proposals and measures (e.g. Federally Qualified Health Center Workgroup, Survivorship Workgroup, Colorectal Cancer Decision Aids Workgroup, and Evidence Based Approaches Workgroup)
  • Dissemination of promising cancer control strategies and programs to Hispanics that address cancer prevention behaviors and cancer screenings
  • Increasing awareness of resources for evidence based planning and research tested programs (e.g., the Guide to Community Preventive Services and Cancer Control PLANET)

Current Research

  • Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal cancer screenings, HPV vaccination, and smoking cessation, obesity prevention, nutrition, and physical activity
  • Replication and dissemination research
  • Promotora-based interventions (lay/community health workers)



Glenna Dawson, Co-Project Director
(713) 500-9610

Becca Bryan, Co-Project Director
(713) 500-9612

Maria Fernandez, Principal Investigator
(713) 500-9626

Funding Agency

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Cancer Institute


A systematic review of measures used in studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine acceptability.

Health and lifestyle behaviors among persons at risk of Lynch syndrome.

Effects of an intensive depression-focused intervention for smoking cessation in pregnancy.

Accuracy of self-reported reason for colorectal cancer testing

Integrating Clinical, Community, and Policy Perspectives on HPV Vaccination

Beyond reading level: a systematic review of the suitability of cancer education print and Web-based materials.

A history of patient education by health professionals in Europe and North America: from authority to shared decision making education.

The relative importance of patient-reported barriers to colorectal cancer screening.

Nativity and nutritional behaviors in the Mexican origin population living in the US-Mexico border region.

Construct Validity of a Mammography Processes of Change Scale and Invariance by Stage of Change

Preventing postpartum smoking relapse among diverse low-income women: A randomized clinical trial

The interrelationships between and contributions of background, cognitive, and environmental factors to colorectal cancer screening adherence.

Presence and correlates of racial disparities in adherence to colorectal cancer screening guidelines.

Is discussion of colorectal cancer screening options associated with heightened patient confusion?

Cost-effectiveness of targeted versus tailored interventions to promote mammography screening among women military veterans in the United States.

Systems of support to increase colorectal cancer screening and follow-up rates (SOS): design, challenges, and baseline characteristics of trial participants.

Examining the role of perceived susceptibility on colorectal cancer screening intention and behavior.

Racial/Ethnic Disparities In Colorectal Cancer Screening And Survival In A Large Nationwide Population-based Cohort

Factors associated with colorectal cancer screening decision stage.

Diabetes, physical activity and breast cancer among Hispanic women.

Factors associated with cervical cancer screening in Puerto Rico.

Dissemination of a breast and cervical cancer early detection program through a network of community-based organizations.

Trauma history and risk of the irritable bowel syndrome in women veterans.

Breastfeeding is associated with postpartum smoking abstinence among women who quit smoking due to pregnancy.

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