"We have a number of faculty researchers on our campus who do leading-edge cancer research with great potential for changing the whole model of how cancer research is conducted in this country," Peek said.Î¾ Î¾
Part of that charge includes reaching high-risk populations who are not being reached by current education materials or campaigns.Î¾ Jenny Yi is an associate professor of the UH Department of Health and Human Performance who researches cancer and Asian Americans.Î¾ She is the recipient of a two-year grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study, create and implement interventions for Houston's Vietnamese community.Î¾
"Vietnamese have a very high cervical cancer incident rate, about four or five times higher than white women, for unknown reasons," Yi said.Î¾ Î¾
Language, culture and trust issues may prevent awareness messages from reaching this population, Yi added.Î¾ She will work with researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Vietnamese Nurses Association and the Harris County Hospital District.Î¾ Additionally, she will work with the group Boat People SOS to help identify Vietnamese women from area apartment complexes.Î¾
More than 350 women between the ages of 18 and 26 will be surveyed about current awareness campaigns, as will mothers or care-givers of children ages 10-16.Î¾
"I'm interested in 'what's the best way to frame the message,'" Yi said.Î¾ "I think we need to do more than just simply translating English to Vietnamese.Î¾ That would be easy."
CPRIT was created in 2007, when Texas voters approved Proposition 15, allowing the state to establish the institute and allow it to issue $3 billion in general obligation bonds over 10 years.Î¾ The bonds will fund grants for cancer research and prevention.Î¾ Î¾Yi is the first UH recipient of CPRIT grant monies.Î¾
Yi anticipates creating new education materials to raise awareness of cervical cancer and its interventions among Houston's Vietnamese women.Î¾ Eventually, she would like those materials to be translated into various Asian languages to target other high-risk populations.
Jenny Yi is part of what's happening at the University of Houston.Î¾ I'm Marisa Ramirez.
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