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Are you passionate about public health?
The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio — home to the Salud America! program — is seeking a qualified senior research scientist with expertise in public health research.
The position will focus on two IHPR projects:
- Avanzando Caminos (Leading Pathways): The Hispanic/Latino Cancer Survivorship Study
- Avanzando Equidad de Salud: Latino Cancer Health Equity Research Center
Apply here for the senior research scientist position.
“Our goal is to find a passionate research scientist who can help us plan, coordinate, analyze, and produce scientific content for clinical and regulatory documents on these two important research projects,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the IHPR and chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.
“These projects are critical to reducing the burden of cancer and improving the quality of life of Latino cancer survivors.”
About the Avanzando Caminos Research Project
Latinos with cancer face a tough survivorship journey.
This is why Dr. Ramirez is helping lead “Avanzando Caminos (Leading Pathways): The Hispanic/Latino Cancer Survivorship Study.”
Avanzando Caminos is a national cohort study will unpack the social, cultural, behavioral, psychosocial, biological, and medical influences on post-cancer life in Latino cancer survivors. This will fill a crucial gap in knowledge about their survivorship experience.
The study, “Avanzando Caminos (Leading Pathways): The Hispanic/Latino Cancer Survivorship Study,” is funded by a 6-year, $9.8-million grant from the National Cancer Institute. It teams up two of its Cancer Centers, the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
Avanzando Caminos will recruit a diverse cohort of 3,000 Latino breast, colorectal, kidney, lung, prostate, stomach, or cervical cancer survivors in Miami and San Antonio.
To inquiry about participating in the study, contact Dr. Ramirez’s research team at 210-562-6500.
“Our study will tell us important information we can use to help future Latino cancer survivors heal, recover, and reduce the chances of cancer coming back,” Dr. Ramirez said.
About the Avanzando Equidad de Salud Research Project
Dr. Ramirez recently launched the “Avanzando Equidad de Salud: Latino Cancer Health Equity Research Center.”
The 4-year, $4.08-million grant from the American Cancer Society is a response to the severe cancer burden facing Latinos in South Texas.
The center will unite South Texas research scholars and the community to reduce health disparities across the cancer care continuum by targeting social determinants of health that prevent Latinos from obtaining equitable care.
“Our new center will conduct a unique combination of community-engaged research, training, patient assessment, and advocacy to address the social determinants of health — such as access to healthcare, financial strain, and food insecurity —that deter Latinos from equitable access to cancer care, prevention, early detection, and treatment,” said Dr. Ramirez.
“We aim to help reduce the risks for South Texans in developing cancer and improving their quality of life should they be diagnosed with cancer.”
About the IHPR at UT Health San Antonio
The mission of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) is to investigate the causes of and solutions to the inequitable impact of cancer, disease, obesity, and social determinants among Latinos in South Texas, Texas, and the nation.
The IHPR aims to:
- Conduct research, interventions and outreach projects;
- Train scientists and mentor students; and
- Communicate findings and tools with researchers, academics and the public using websites, social media, news media, public service announcements, newsletters, educational publications, scientific articles and reports, and more.
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez directs the IHPR’s faculty and staff of more than 25. These include specialists in cancer prevention, screening and early detection, clinical trials, health promotion and communication, tobacco, obesity, nutrition, exercise, and health equity.
Dr. Rebecca Jones serves as the IHPR’s deputy director.