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CHEER Projects


Clinical outcomes in African American men with prostate cancer. This retrospective cohort study of 8726 men with low  - risk prostate cancer found that African American men who underwent active surveillance suffered an increased risk of disease progression and definitive treatment compared with non  - Hispanic White men, but did not experience increased mortality. Published in JAMA.​​​​


Clinic - based Intervention for Financial Hardship CAFÉ. This ongoing NIH funded project assesses a clinic  - based intervention to address financial hardship for people with cancer using a randomized, stepped wedge trial designed to test the novel Cancer Financial Experience (CAFÉ) intervention. This study represents one of the first trials of an intervention focused on mitigating financial hardship specific to cancer patients.

Featured Research Education Initiatives

OPTIMUS program. The Outreach Program To Inspire Minority and Underrepresented Students ( OPTIMUS ) represents a summer cancer research fellowship for underrepresented high school students in San Diego. Students accepted into the program will work in cancer research labs, shadow physicians in clinic, and participate in community outreach efforts. Overall, the OPTIMUS program strives to help position our young students to become future leaders in clinical cancer care and cancer research.

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Legacy Speakers (LS) Project.



San Diego Community Academic Research for Equitable Social Care (SD CARES) The San Diego County Promotores Coalition (SDCPC), the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Moores Cancer Center Community Outreach and Engagement (COE), and the UCSD Center for Health Equity Education and Research (CHEER) have established a partnership to advance social care for individuals and families in San Diego County and the surrounding areas. The purpose of this community-academic partnership is to conduct a series of co-led, co-designed and co-facilitated activities that leverage the infrastructure, expertise, and missions of all three organizations to enhance social care research that supports health equity.