Redes En Acción: Increasing Hispanic participation in cancer research, training, and awareness

Amelie G. Ramirez, Gregory A. Talavera, Jose Marti, Frank J. Penedo, Martha A. Medrano, Aida L. Giachello, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable

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Hispanics are affected by many health care disparities. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), through its Special Populations Branch, is supporting networking and capacity-building activities designed to increase Hispanic participation and leadership in cancer research. Redes En Acción established a national network of cancer research centers, community-based organizations, and federal partners to facilitate opportunities for junior Hispanic scientists to participate in training and research projects on cancer control. Since 2000, Redes En Acción has established a network of more than 1800 Hispanic leaders involved in cancer research and education. The project has sustained 131 training positions and submitted 29 pilot projects to NCI for review, with 16 awards for a total of $800,000, plus an additional $8.8 million in competing grant funding based on pilot study results to date. Independent research has leveraged an additional $32 million in non-Redes funding, and together the national and regional network sites have participated in more than 1400 community and professional awareness events. In addition, the program conducted extensive national survey research that provided the basis for the Redes En Acción Latino Cancer Report, a national agenda on Hispanic cancer issues. Redes En Acción has increased participation in cancer control research, training, and awareness among Hispanic scientists and within Hispanic communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2023-2033
Number of pages11
Issue number8 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Oct 15 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Awareness
  • Cancer
  • Community Health Networks
  • Community participation
  • Hispanics
  • Minority groups
  • Research
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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