Current Projects

Research

Using the Social Action Research Model, we conduct research that has a positive and socially-active effect on partnering communities, rather than being purely academic. We adhere to community-based participatory research principles to partner with community organizations on the research projects we undertake. Our strengths are in mixed-methods research, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches, and in formative and intervention implementation and evaluation methods.

Projects by researcher


Patricia Valverde PhD, MPH

Interim Director (LRPC), Clinical Assistant Professor, Director (Patient Navigator Training Collaborative)
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Health Research and Service Administration Community Health Worker Training Program

2022-2025

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Summary: This program trains individuals in community health work and helps place them in internships across Colorado. Three quarters are supported with job placement assistance and a quarter are placed in CHW apprenticeships. We work across an extensive network of more than two dozen partners including healthcare organizations, government agencies, academic institutions to provide field placements and job opportunities for trainees.

Role: Site Principal Investigator

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Professional Development for CPED

2022-2023

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Summary: This project focuses on creating and delivering training to cancer navigators and community health workers across Colorado.

Role: Principal Investigator

 

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State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership

2022-2023

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Summary: The purpose of this project is to engage LGBT+ organizations in Colorado as community-based public health champions to address LGBT+ health disparities by providing leadership and high-quality tobacco control programming.

Role: Principal Investigator

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Building and Sustaining Patient Navigation Across UCH

2022-2024

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Summary: This projects works with patient navigators at UCHealth, as well as community members, to build consensus around the role of patient navigators and how they impact patient care. We design job descriptions, standardized work-flows, and efficient and effective strategies to track the outcomes that matter to patients and their caregivers. We also train navigators to educate patients and their families about clinical trials.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Evelinn Borrayo

Professor, Associate Director of Research (LRPC), Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement (CU Cancer Center)
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Improving Timeliness and Quality of Care for Rural Lung and Head-and-Neck Cancer Patients

2021-2026

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Summary: This clinical trial compares the effects of an integrated case management intervention to the effects of usual care practices on improving timeliness and quality of care outcomes for rural lung cancer and head-and-neck cancer patients.

Role: Site Principal Investigator

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A Stepped Care Intervention to Reduce Disparities in Mental Health Services Among Underserved Lung and Head-and-Neck Cancer Patients and their Caregivers

2016-2023

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Summary: This randomized controlled trial assesses the effectiveness of a stepped care intervention compared to usual care in reducing disparities in mental health outcomes of underserved lung and head-and-neck cancer patients and their caregivers.

Role: Site Principal Investigator

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At Its Roots: Improving HPV Vaccination Disparities Among Underserved Women

2018-2021

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Summary: This project aims to help prevent cervical cancer by providing education about human papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV vaccine. The program also provides outreach, through patient navigation, to young adult women (19-26 years old) across multiple urban and rural counties.

Role: Site Principal Investigator

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Multilevel Intervention to Reduce Cervical Cancer Disparities Among Young Latinas

2015-2018

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Summary: This project provided an intervention to prevent cervical cancer in young adult Latina women (19-26 years old) who had not completed all three doses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series. The project included patient navigation and an intervention targeting barriers at the patient, provider, and systems levels.

Role: Site Principal Investigator

Lisa DeCamp

Associate Professor
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Community Active and Healthy Families: Family-Centered Obesity Treatment for Latino Children

2022-2023

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Summary: This project pilots a pediatric community-based weight management intervention designed specifically for and with Latino immigrant families. This pilot includes two sites—Colorado and Maryland. In Colorado, the pilot is being conducted with an immigrant-serving community organization in Aurora. 

Role: MPI: DeCamp/Polk

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Optimizing Participant Engagement to Promote Equity in Low Grade Giloma Genomic Research

2022-2025

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Summary: More information to come. 

Role: MPI: Klaus/Kwan

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Reducing Asthma Attacks in Disadvantaged School Children with Asthma

2020-2027

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Summary: This project aims to disseminate an effective school-based asthma program from the Denver Metro area to school districts across Colorado. The program focuses on reducing disparities in asthma outcomes for low-income and racial/ethnic minority children. 

Role: MPI: Szefler/Cicutto/Huebschmann

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Increasing Telehealth Visits for Patients and Families with Limited English Proficiency

2019-2022

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Summary: This project evaluated telehealth use at Children’s Hospital Colorado for families whose healthcare communication is in languages other than English using electronic health record data and interviews with clinical staff and patients/families. 

Role: MPI: DeCamp/Thompson

Claudia Amura PhD, MPH

Director (Latino Health Certificate), Research Assistant Professor
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Artificial Intelligence/Machine (AI/ML) Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) Program

2022-2023

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Summary: More information to come. 

Role: Principal Investigator/Lead Faculty

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CCTSI Community Joint Award project "Las Animas and Huerfano Changing the Narrative around Substance"

2022-2023

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Summary: This is a translational research project to develop and evaluate a social marketing campaign that combats stigma around substance use in rural Colorado.

Role: Principal Investigator

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Colorado MAT Expansion Program

2021-2023

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More information to come. 

Role: Lead Evaluator/Co-Investigator

 

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Quality, Safety, Value: Impact of Sudden Shift to Telehealth Due to COVID-19 Within Nurse-Led Care Models Located in Colorado Rural and Urban Communities

2021-2022

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More information to come.

Role: Community Engagement and Mix Methods Implementation Scientist/Analyst. 

Latino Research & Policy Center

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Aurora, CO 80045


LRPC@cuanschutz.edu

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