Internships and Training
The LACRC Internship Program
Only a small proportion of minority students go on to pursue advance degrees, resulting in a national shortage of experienced minority investigators in cancer prevention and control. The LACRC developed a Summer Internship Program to increase ethnic diversity in the field of research and cancer control. The LACRC Summer Internship Program is an eight-week internship program that introduces graduate and undergraduate students to cancer research. This hands-on opportunity allows students to explore careers that focus on cancer research. In addition, our faculty and staff encourage minority students to pursue advance degrees in the health sciences.
Fifteen interns have completed the internship during this current grant cycle. They have worked under the direction of Drs. Mandelblatt and Huerta and have participated in the CNP Health Disparities Summit, LACRC Steering Committee Meetings, and the LACRC Data Committee Meeting. They have assisted with data collection at specific clinic sites for research projects such as the communication survey interviews and chart reviews. Our summer interns were:
- Summer of 2009: Hector Colon-Rivera, Hema Datwani, Ana Maria Galvez
- Summer of 2008: Guadalupe Mota, Helen Hernandez, Nadiyah Sulayman
- Summer of 2007: Cynthia Renderos, Natalie Quesada, Bruno Tavasaki
- Summer of 2006: Xiomara Larios, Rita Guevara, Rodrigo Ibacache
- Summer of 2005: Antonio Rivera, Emma Amaya, Jessica Escobar
For more information, please contact Claire Selsky at email@example.com.
LACRC Training: Social Marketing for Health in the Latino Community
The LACRC believes in the importance of the role of the health professional as an agent of change for the development of health services practice and research targeting the Latino community. Dr. Alan Andreasen, of the Georgetown School of Business, has worked with LACRC to facilitate training needs for Georgetown University and other college students, NCI Fellows, clinic partners and Latino organizations. For the past five years (2005-2009), Dr. Andreasen has delivered a week-long workshop designed to provide both introductory and advanced training in applying the latest social marketing concepts and tools from around the world to cancer control with Latinos. To date, 87 participants have completed the course to develop and apply skills to create social marketing plans, and design cancer prevention and control interventions. These participants include health care professionals (8%), public health practitioners (32%), junior investigators (7%), and graduate and undergraduate students (29%).
Over 91% of participants of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the overall evaluation of the professor was good. When asked how they plan to use the skills gained through this course, they have reported to use the social market skills to develop programs promoting healthy behaviors, planning social marketing campaigns targeting Latinos, and to adopt existing marketing campaigns and outreach strategies, among other examples. These examples highlight the potential reach of our training of health professional to address health issues in the Latino community.