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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
Professor

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

email:   bthompso@fhcrc.org
web site:   http://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs/profiles/thompson-beti.html

address:
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

Education

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

Recent Publications



Puschel K, Rojas P, Erazo A, Thompson B, Lopez J, Barros J. Social accountability of medical schools and academic primary care training in Latin America: principles but not practice. Fam Pract. 2014 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24755665


Briant KJ, Espinoza N, Galvan A, Carosso E, Marchello N, Linde S, Copeland W, Thompson B. An Innovative Strategy to Reach the Underserved for Colorectal Cancer Screening. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Jul 9. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25002255


Shepherd-Banigan M, Ulrich A, Thompson B. Macro-activity patterns of farmworker and non-farmworker children living in an agricultural community. Environ Res. 2014 Apr 30;132C:176-181. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.04.001. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24792414    PMCID: PMC4058372


Shepherd-Banigan M, Hohl SD, Vaughan C, Ibarra G, Carosso E, Thompson B. "The Promotora Explained Everything": Participant Experiences During a Household-Level Diabetes Education Program. Diabetes Educ. 2014 May 2. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24793637


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 May;104(5):911-6. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301726. Epub 2014 Mar 13.  PMID: 24625153


Dissertation, Thesis & Capstone Committees (recent HSERV graduates)

2012
Chair, thesis committee for Carolina Amador
Disparities in timing of gestational diabetes screening in Hispanic and Caucasian, non-Hispanic women

2012
Chair, dissertation committee for Matthew Banegas
Prediction, communication, and distribution of breast cancer risk

2012
Chair, thesis committee for Jacob Gomez
Social support perspectives from parent and child and their association with child physical activity

2011
Chair, thesis committee for Adrianna Gutierrez
Evaluation of home health parties in a rural Latino population

2011
Chair, thesis committee for Sarah McGray Smith
Preferences, priorities, and current practices of latrine users in Kenya: A user needs assessment

2010
Chair, dissertation committee for Deanna Kepka
Preventing cervical cancer among US Latinas: HPV infection, HPV vaccine education, and HPV vaccine knowledge

2010
Member, dissertation committee for Sara Tamers
Understanding the Relationship between Worksite Social Support, Obesity, Health Care Utilization, and Worker Productivity

Projects

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.

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