Community Scientist Advocates Tour Cancer Centers for Research, Cures, Facts and Data

Shown is Duval County Community Scientist advocate Angelia Hawkins and UF Cares2 Researcher Dr. Fern Webb viewing the cancer research samples.

The University of Florida Cares2 team invited their Duval County community cancer research scientists for a ‘CaRE2 Connects’ bicoastal presentation, dinner and tour. The team met in Gainesville on the University of Florida campus for a cancer research tour of the UF CTSI Biorepository, the Medical Oncology Clinics Cancer and Genetics Research Complex (CGRC) Labs to learn about biospecimen donation, collection and storage. “Our African/Hispanic community has to understand the detriments of health in our community, the Cares2 program is the thoroughfare to gain knowledge into cancer research and clinical trials,” said tour guide and program health educator Ileana Guzman.

The two day program included a zoom presentation with partners from the University of Southern California (USC) and Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) to share culturally specific evidence-based prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer and clinical trials education and materials. Partners with CaRE2  share/disseminate findings and information from community reports, published newsletters, and the tri-institutional CaRE2 website to highlight  their more than 20 bi-coastal yearly events. The synergistic partnership goal is to advance science to improve cancer health equity among Blacks and Latinos in Florida and California. Implemented programs have created 70 cancer citizen bi-coastal scientist advocates.

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