Communities Navigate the Challenges of Cancer Program

UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation

Grant: $10,000

A grant from Tower Cancer Research Foundation will support the Simms/Mann – UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology with the creation and growth of a culturally congruent psychosocial care curriculum. This curriculum will be designed in Spanish for underrepresented and underserved members of the Latinx community in Southern California. As the Latinx population equates 48.6% of Los Angeles County and 43% of Ventura County, this population is an appropriate focus, especially when coupled with the fact that cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics. Through December 2021, the curriculum will be presented to the target audience via at least four “tent-pole” conferences and virtual events with multiple community partners and then actively available to patients and caregivers every day. Through post-event surveys and engagement, feedback will be received throughout the year and the curriculum will be continually tailored to best serve the needs of the underrepresented community. The Simms/Mann Center will also make the curriculum available on its website, to its partner organizations, and undertake an active social media and press outreach campaign. The curriculum will also be tailored to benefit additional communities such as the Armenian community and different Asian-language speaking communities that are served in Downtown Los Angeles and near Alhambra, CA. Currently, the program is being developed by UCLA Health oncologists, nutritionists, psychologists, and social workers to ensure a breadth of material is covered and the communities the Center reaches through this program receive whole-person, integrative care to optimize wellness and meet their needs.

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