Grant recipient “Breast cancer clinical trial education for Black women in the Inland Empire, CA; Funding Agency: The Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the cure. ( 4/2008 - 3/2009 )
Clinical trial research is important for the prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer. However, the numbers of Black women participating in breast cancer clinical trials has been low. Black women in the U.S. continue to have a higher death rate from breast cancer that White women. This has been attributed to earlier onset, late stage at diagnosis, and more aggressive tumors. Recent data suggests that clinical research that works with a community throughout the research process—inception, planning, recruitment, and conduct, as well as education—is the key to reducing health disparities. Therefore, we will work in a community participatory approach to educate, recruit and retain Inland Empire Black women in a breast cancer clinical trial educational program. We will accomplish this goal by establishing partnerships between the Inland Empire communities, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, clinicians from Loma Linda University Medical Center, the City of Hope Medical Center, and scientists from Loma Linda University in a community-based participatory approach. We will develop a culturally sensitive clinical trial educational curriculum by involving the community. Our goal is to increase the number of Black women making informed decisions to participate in breast cancer clinical trial research studies to reduce health disparities.