Engelberta (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

Education

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

Contact Info

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

About

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



Hohl SD, Thompson B, Krok-Schoen JL, Weier RC, Martin M, Bone L, McCarthy WJ, Noel SE, Garcia B, Calderón NE, Paskett ED. Characterizing Community Health Workers on Research Teams: Results From the Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jan 21:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26794157
  

Malen R, Knerr S, Delgado F, Fullerton SM, Thompson B. Rural Mexican-Americans' perceptions of family health history, genetics, and disease risk: implications for disparities-focused research dissemination. J Community Genet. 2015 Jul 4. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 26141228    PMCID: PMC4715818
   

Scheel JR, Molina Y, Briant KJ, Ibarra G, Lehman CD, Thompson B. Latinas' Mammography Intention Following a Home-Based Promotores-Led Intervention. J Community Health. 2015 Dec;40(6):1185-92. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0046-9.  PMID: 26063674    PMCID: PMC4628570
   

Ryman TK, Boyer BB, Hopkins S, Philip J, Beresford SA, Thompson B, Heagerty PJ, Pomeroy JJ, Thummel KE, Austin MA. Associations between diet and cardiometabolic risk among Yup'ik Alaska Native people using food frequency questionnaire dietary patterns. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2015 Dec;25(12):1140-5. doi: 10.1016/j.numecd.2015.08.003. Epub 2015 Aug 21.  PMID: 26607703    PMCID: PMC4684467
   

Briant KJ, Wang L, Holte S, Ramos A, Marchello N, Thompson B. Understanding the impact of colorectal cancer education: a randomized trial of health fairs. BMC Public Health. 2015 Nov 30;15:1196. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2499-2.  PMID: 26621127    PMCID: PMC4666067
   

2015
Chair, thesis committee for Amy Halter
The power of storytelling: Digital stories in the Yakima valley

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

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.