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Beti Thompson

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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.
Professor, Health Services


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

Contact Info

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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


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.)

Community-based research; dietary change; cancer prevention; health disparities

Farias AJ, Ornelas IJ, Hohl SD, Zeliadt SB, Hansen RN, Li CI, Thompson B. Exploring the role of physician communication about adjuvant endocrine therapy among breast cancer patients on active treatment: a qualitative analysis. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Aug 24. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27557832

Smith MN, Workman T, McDonald KM, Vredevoogd MA, Vigoren EM, Griffith WC, Thompson B, Coronado GD, Barr D, Faustman EM. Seasonal and occupational trends of five organophosphate pesticides in house dust. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 24. doi: 10.1038/jes.2016.45. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27553992

Paskett E, Thompson B, Ammerman AS, Ortega AN, Marsteller J, Richardson D. Multilevel Interventions To Address Health Disparities Show Promise In Improving Population Health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Aug 1;35(8):1429-34. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1360.  PMID: 27503968

Thompson B, Molina Y, Viswanath K, Warnecke R, Prelip ML. Strategies To Empower Communities To Reduce Health Disparities. Health Aff (Millwood). 2016 Aug 1;35(8):1424-8. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1364.  PMID: 27503967

Farias AJ, Hansen RN, Zeliadt SB, Ornelas IJ, Li CI, Thompson B. Factors Associated with Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Among Privately Insured and Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients: A Quantile Regression Analysis. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016 Aug;22(8):969-78. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2016.22.8.969.  PMID: 27459660    PMCID: PMC4978119

Chair, thesis committee for Amy Halter
The power of storytelling: Digital stories in the Yakima valley

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

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.