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Keywords:

  • community health networks;
  • cancer;
  • research;
  • training;
  • community participation;
  • immigration;
  • ethnicity;
  • culture;
  • minority groups;
  • urban population;
  • access to health care

Abstract

One million newcomers arrive in the United States every year; 11.7% of the total U.S. population is foreign-born. Immigrants face cancer care and research access barriers, including economic, immigration status, cultural, and linguistic. In 2000, the Center for Immigrant Health, NYU School of Medicine, launched the Cancer Awareness Network for Immigrant Minority Populations (CANIMP), a network comprising community- and faith-based organizations, local and national government health institutions, clinical service providers, researchers, and immigrant-service and advocacy organizations. This community-based participatory program chose as its priorities high- incidence cancer sites in the overall immigrant community (colorectal, lung, breast, cervical, prostate), as well as sites with strikingly high incidence in specific immigrant groups (gastric, liver, oral). CANIMP has developed successful outreach, education, screening, survivorship, training, and research programs to decrease cancer disparities. Over 2500 at-risk community members have been reached, 25 junior minority researchers trained, 60 minority interns mentored, numerous cancer disparities research projects funded and conducted, and vital partnerships to improve cancer data developed. These initiatives serve as models to address community, systems, physician, and cancer research gaps in immigrant communities. Cancer 2006. © 2006 American Cancer Society.