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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 Emeritus, 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

Hempstead B, Green C, Briant KJ, Thompson B, Molina Y. Community Empowerment Partners (CEPs): A Breast Health Education Program for African-American Women. J Community Health. 2018 Feb 27. doi: 10.1007/s10900-018-0490-4. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29488155    PMCID: PMC6110969
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Nedjat-Haiem FR, Carrion IV, Gonzalez K, Bennett ED, Ell K, O'Connell M, Thompson B, Mishra SI. Exploring Motivational Interviewing to Engage Latinos in Advance Care Planning: A Community-Based Social Work Intervention. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan 1:1049909118763796. doi: 10.1177/1049909118763796. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29562751

Farias AJ, Hansen RN, Zeliadt SB, Ornelas IJ, Li CI, Thompson B. The Association Between Out-of-Pocket Costs and Adherence to Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Among Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients. Am J Clin Oncol. 2016 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 27893470    PMCID: PMC5441973
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Molina Y, Briant KJ, Sanchez JI, O'Connell MA, Thompson B. Knowledge and social engagement change in intention to be screened for colorectal cancer. Ethn Health. 2017 Jan 24:1-19. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1280135. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28116917    PMCID: PMC5524622
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Ryman TK, Boyer BB, Hopkins SE, Philip J, Thompson B, Beresford SAA, Thummel KE, Austin MA. Association between iq'mik smokeless tobacco use and cardiometabolic risk profile among Yup'ik Alaska Native people. Ethn Health. 2017 Jan 24:1-15. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1280136. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28116909    PMCID: PMC5796859
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Chair, thesis committee for John Scheel
Patient factors contributing to late-stage breast cancer presentation

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

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.