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Involving people in defining and solving their own problems is at the heart of behavior change. I believe true partnership is the key to successful community research.
Engelberta (Beti) Thompson

Engelberta Thompson teaches a course in community and health. Her research focuses on cancer health disparities among underserved populations. She has conducted a number of studies involving the Latino population, with a specific emphasis on cancer prevention and cancer screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.

(Dr. Thompson has no research opportunities available for 2014 - 2015.)

Research Interests:
Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

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Contact Information

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Avenue N., M3-B232
Seattle, WA 98109

campus box:   358080
voice:   206-667-4673
fax:   206-667-5977


PhD   Western Michigan University, 1981   (Sociology)
MA   Western Michigan University, 1978   (Sociology)
BA   Grand Valley State College, 1974   (English, Sociology)

Recent Publications

Thompson B, Vilchis H, Moran C, Copeland W, Holte S, Duggan C. Increasing cervical cancer screening in the United States-Mexico border region. J Rural Health. 2014 Apr;30(2):196-205. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12044. Epub 2013 Aug 12.  PMID: 24689544

Hohl SD, Gonzalez C, Carosso E, Ibarra G, Thompson B. "I Did It for Us and I Would Do It Again": Perspectives of Rural Latinos on Providing Biospecimens for Research. Am J Public Health. 2014 Mar 13. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24625153

Thompson B, Griffith WC, Barr DB, Coronado GD, Vigoren EM, Faustman EM. Variability in the take-home pathway: Farmworkers and non-farmworkers and their children. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2014 Mar 5. doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.12. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24594649

Thompson B, H├ębert JR. Involving disparate populations in clinical trials and biobanking protocols: experiences from the community network program centers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Mar;23(3):370-3. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0118.  PMID: 24609845

Duggan C, Carosso E, Mariscal N, Islas I, Ibarra G, Holte S, Copeland W, Linde S, Thompson B. Diabetes Prevention in Hispanics: Report From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Feb 27;11:E28. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130119.  PMID: 24576395

Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

Chair, thesis committee for Carolina Amador
Disparities in timing of gestational diabetes screening in Hispanic and Caucasian, non-Hispanic women

Chair, dissertation committee for Matthew Banegas
Prediction, communication, and distribution of breast cancer risk

Chair, thesis committee for Jacob Gomez
Social support perspectives from parent and child and their association with child physical activity

Chair, thesis committee for Adrianna Gutierrez
Evaluation of home health parties in a rural Latino population

Chair, thesis committee for Sarah McGray Smith
Preferences, priorities, and current practices of latrine users in Kenya: A user needs assessment

Chair, dissertation committee for Deanna Kepka
Preventing cervical cancer among US Latinas: HPV infection, HPV vaccine education, and HPV vaccine knowledge

Member, dissertation committee for Sara Tamers
Understanding the Relationship between Worksite Social Support, Obesity, Health Care Utilization, and Worker Productivity


Partnership for the Advancement of Research
This U54 collaborative grant with New Mexico State University is designed to:
  • Increase the capacity of NMSU to conduct competitive cancer research;
  • Create a long-standing partnership in cancer research training and education; and
  • Evaluate a way to bring public health intervention to communities suffering from cancer health disparities.
Understanding and Preventing Breast Cancer Disparities in Latinas
This NCI-funded Center for Population Health and Health Disparities initiative includes four research studies designed specifically to address breast cancer disparities relevant to Latina women.
Hispanic Community Network to Reduce Cancer Disparities
The overall goal of this project is to work with community partners to reduce the cancer health disparities experienced by Hispanics in a rural area.
Partnership for a Hispanic Diabetes Prevention Program
The overall goal of this project is to establish community infrastructure to address diabetes experienced by Hispanics in a rural area.
Improving Breast Cancer Screening at the Primary Care Level
Until recently, Chile has been less likely than the US to use screening mammography for early detection of breast cancer. With the new emphasis on mammography, it is necessary to test clinical interventions that will encourage women to seek mammograms. This project will help identify effective strategies that can be used by clinics to motivate women to seek mammograms.
Reducing Pesticide Exposure in Children of Farm Workers
The theme of this grant is the biochemical, molecular and exposure mechanisms that define children's susceptibility to pesticides as well as implications for assessing pesticide risks to normal development and learning.