The Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations includes two cancer research projects.

One is a pilot project focused on cervical cancer screening among Somali women, and the other full research project is a community-based randomized controlled trial addressing tobacco use in Latino youth. 

Cancer Research Projects

cervical cancer pilot

The Cervical Cancer Pilot Project

Led by Rahel Ghebre, MD, Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, and Anne Joseph, MD, MPH

The specific aims of the pilot research project are:

  • Finding suitable language, structure, and context to describe cervical cancer prevention and screening methods by conducting key informant interviews with immigrant Somali women and community advocates.
  • Identifying facilitators of and barriers to cervical cancer screening, and assess women’s attitudes towards home vaginal bio-specimen collection for human papillomavirus (HPV) testing by conducting focus groups with immigrant Somali women.
  • Estimating rates of successful completion of cervical cancer screening by home vaginal bio-specimen collection for HPV testing compared with standard clinic-based Pap test through conducting a pilot study in a sample of immigrant Somali women who have not met evidence-based guideline recommendations for screening.

tobacco use in latino youth

The Community-Based Randomized Controlled Trial Addressing Tobacco Use in Latino Youth (Padres Informados/Jóvenes Preparados)

Led by Michele Allen, MD, MS, and Jean Forster, PhD

The specific aims of this project are:

  • Determining the effectiveness of a family-based intervention to prevent tobacco and other substance use intention in middle school-aged (10-14 year olds) Latino youth utilizing a community-based randomized controlled trial.
  • Assessing the effect of a family-based intervention, directed at immigrant Latino parents, on parent youth relationship and practices utilizing a community-based randomized controlled trial.

This project also has an exploratory aim to assess partnership, operational, and contextual factors that contribute to the successful implementation of the intervention at eight community sites participating in the collaborative project.

Cancer Research Supplements

diego garcia-huidobroDiego Garcia-Huidobro, MD

Research Associate
MC3 and Program in Health Disparities Research

Diego Garcia-Huidobro, MD, was awarded research supplement from the National Cancer Institute to work with MC3 on the Padres Informados/ Jóvenes Preparados project. 

The objective of the research supplement is to identify how family affects the intention to smoke and use other substances in youth. The opportunity will also provide professional development experience necessary for Garcia-Huidobro to develop a successful independent research career.

Read a Q & A with Garcia-Huidobro and Program in Health Disparities Research

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