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Cancer Prevention and

HPRC facilitates and conducts community-based dissemination research through the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARCNW) to reduce cancer rates, particularly for low-income and ethnic and cultural minority populations at risk of health inequities.

ARCNW conducts its research primarily through two work groups.

Healthcare Work Group

The healthcare work group focuses on cancer prevention and control research in healthcare settings such as community health centers and health maintenance organizations.

About two-thirds of American adults see a doctor or other health professional at least once every six months, and more than 80% see a doctor or other health professional at least annually. Further, 84% of adults have a usual source of healthcare. Therefore, it is widely recognized that primary healthcare systems are uniquely positioned to increase the use of effective preventive behaviors and practices.

Workplace Work Group

Cancer is a leading cause of death among working-age Americans. Because about 154 million Americans work and most adults spend more time at work than anywhere else, the workplace work group focuses its research on developing policies and workplace programs that foster cancer-preventing behaviors among employees. In addition, because most Americans receive their health insurance through their employers, the workplace work group also seeks to improve the design of health care benefit packages.

Participation in local and national groups

Prevention Research Centers Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN). ARCNW is an active member of CPCRN and collaborates with other members of the network. Recently completed national CPCRN projects include research activities to support the dissemination of the HPV vaccine, and research and training activities to encourage the public health workforce to adopt and implement evidence-based chronic disease prevention interventions.

Washington Comprehensive Cancer Control Partnership (WCCCP). ARCNW director, Dr. Vicky Taylor, participates in the WCCCP steering committee, and ARCNW investigators participate in one or more WCCCP committees and task forces. In addition, ARCNW investigators evaluate WCCCP progress and have provided research support, including literature reviews and studies of cancer screening rates and provider practices.

Selected Research Projects

Assessing the Impact of Colorectal Cancer Screening examines the effects of screening and changes in population risk factors on colorectal cancer outcomes using a microsimulation approach.

Determinants of Patient Dropout from Cancer Treatment and Follow-up evaluates cancer treatment completion rates for Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with lung, breast, colorectal, cervical, and ovarian cancer.

Development and Program Evaluation Support for Community Mobilization assists the American Cancer Society in developing and implementing an evaluation plan for its community mobilization efforts targeting colon cancer prevention and early detection throughout the Great West Division.

Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer Prevention in Asian Americans obtains quantitative information about hepatitis B and liver cancer prevention behavior and knowledge among Korean and Chinese immigrants to the U.S.

Minority Attitudes Toward Use of HPV Vaccine studies minority population attitudes about use of the genital human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for girls and young women.

Ovarian Cancer Surgery Outcomes examines health systems in which ovarian cancer patients receive care in seven states and identifies whether vulnerable populations receive care associated with favorable outcomes.

Prostate Cancer: Decision-making and Outcomes obtains information about the prostate cancer treatment decision process and relates these data to quality of life and satisfaction with care following the treatment decision.

Obesity Among Samoans Living in Seattle/Tacoma: A Qualitative Analysis conducts a series of focus groups to explore attitudes toward obesity and obesity prevention in the Samoan community.

Workplace Solutions and Evaluation Development develops a set of standard techniques for assessing, recommending, and offering wellness programs to employers.

Workplace Study to Promote Informed Decision-making for Prostate Cancer Screening is developing implementing, and evaluating a workplace model for prostate cancer education to promote informed decision-making regarding screening.


Our vision...

Communities and researchers working together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among disadvantaged populations.

HPRC Cancer Prevention information sheet

Selected articles on cancer prevention

Selected presentations on cancer prevention

Cancer Prevention Investigators

Vicky Taylor, MD, MPH
Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH
Gloria Coronado, PhD
Beverly Green, MD, MPH
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
Jeffrey R. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA
Ellen Phillips-Angeles, MA, CHES
Amber Talburt, MPA
Shin-Ping Tu, MD, MPH
Steven Zeliadt, PhD, MPH

Selected Resources

Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest (ARCNW)

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network

Guide to Community Preventive Services