Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 08, 2002
Cal State L.A. Partners in Launch of New Cancer
The Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology at California
State University, Los Angeles—in partnership with the National
Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. (NACHC) and the Centers
of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—recently launched a program
called “Cada Paso Cuenta…Every Step Counts.”
In an effort to spread the message of the importance of early cancer
detection, the “Cada Paso Cuenta” program assists community,
migrant, and homeless health centers in encouraging more Spanish-speaking
women to get early breast and cervical cancer screenings that can save
The program utilizes a range of resources to reach out to the Hispanic
population: a Spanish-language media campaign, piloting training manuals
for health centers to effectively reach out to Hispanic women and teach
the importance of early screenings, breast self-examinations, and mammograms.
As part of the partnership, the Roybal Institute at Cal State L.A. is
helping to gather research data to assist centers with developing better
methods of targeting medically underserved populations.
According to NACHC, even though “the rate of breast cancer among
Hispanic/Latina women is lower than White and African-American women,
life-saving early detection diagnoses will likely elude them because
of barriers, such as language, lack of health insurance or little to
no access to basic health care services.”
Studies show that early detection of breast cancer saves lives. It is
indicated that timely mammograms for women aged 40 or older could prevent
15 to 30 percent of all deaths from breast cancer.
Through this new program, women can call a Spanish hotline to speak
directly with a bilingual counselor and locate a health center that
offers mammogram or breast examinations. The hotline number is 1-800-986-9505.
The Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology, housed in Cal
State L.A.'s College of Health and Human Services, was established in
1993. The Institute’s purpose is to improve the quality of care
and delivery of services to older persons through the interdisciplinary
education and training of professionals, paraprofessionals, family members,
community agency personnel, and volunteers. The Institute emphasizes
development and promotion of programs to serve culturally diverse groups.
It works to develop partnerships between the University and the community
that promote the well-being of older adults and to establish scholarships
for students planning to enter health and human service careers with
a specialization in aging.
For more information on the Institute and its role in this partnership
program, call the Edward R. Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology
at (323) 343-4724.
MEDIA CONTACT: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist