Rena Pasick, DrPH
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Address||1450 3rd Street|
San Francisco CA 94158
|UCSF Faculty Award||2014||Martin Luther King, Jr Award for Diversity|
|Women Health Care Executives||2014||Woman of the Year|
|Susan G. Komen for the Cure||2010
|UCSF Faculty Award ||2013||Excellence in Community Partnerships|
|American Journal of Health Promotion with funding from the California Wellness Foundation, WK Kellog||2009||Robert F. Allen Symbol of Hope Award|
|Society of Public Health Education||2004||Program Excellence Award|
Dr. Pasick is Professor of Medicine, and Associate Director, Community Education & Outreach with the University of California, San Franciso Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Trained in public health with a DrPH from UC Berkeley, Dr. Pasick’s expertise is in health communication and health promotion across cultures. She has spent the past twenty years conducting research on cancer disparities in the diverse and underserved communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Pasick’s completed studies include an NCI Program Project, Cancer Screening, Managed Care and the Underserved, and NCI RO1 studies: Cross-Cultural Communication in Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC – to aid communication between clinicians and African American, Chinese, and Latino patients on colorectal screening), Behavioral Constructs and Culture in Cancer Screening (3Cs – to test the cultural appropriateness of five major behavioral theory constructs), and Interactive Outreach: CIS-Link to the Underserved (to connect public hospital cancer patients with the Cancer Information Service), and Statewide Communication to Reach Diverse Low Income Women, a study to identify English and Spanish-speaking women at risk for hereditary breast cancer or Asian women who may be at risk for Hepatitis B among callers to the California breast and cervical screening program. Her current research includes an NCI-funded RO1, Comparison of 3 Modes of Genetic Counseling in High-Risk Public Hospital Patients and an NCI-funded R21 grant, Prostate Cancer Detection Decision-Making for Low-Income African American Men.
In 2010, Dr. Pasick was recognized for her record of research in cancer disparities by an invitation to join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure National Scholars. With the funds that came with this honor, Dr. Pasick has studied cross-cultural validation of breast cancer risk assessment tools, breast cancer risk education in the context of the African American church, and exploration of the meaning of breast cancer risk among Chinese women having a strong family history of breast cancer.
In 2005, Dr. Pasick’s Community Outreach program established a very active Faith Communities initiative that fosters new health ministries in African American churches and disseminates evidence-based interventions such as Body & Soul in that setting. This has led to development of a Prostate Education Committee that engages in research, education, and advocacy addressing the excess burden of this disease among African American men.
Dr. Pasick regards her most significant contribution as the establishment of the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR), designed to encourage master’s level students and master’s trained professionals to go on for their doctoral degrees and to pursue careers in cancer control research. The MTPCCR has been funded continuously by the National Cancer Institute since 1998. Among the 462 participants, 29% have gone on to the doctorate. The majority report that the MTPCCR was a strong influence on their plans, and half are working in cancer-related research. In addition to the current UCSF and UCLA program sites, a new grant has been awarded to colleague Amelie Ramirez at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, with Dr. Pasick as Co-PI to establish the Latino Training Program in Cancer Control Research.
Cancer disparities, Community-based participatory research, Mixed Methods Research, Diversity among public health and social/behavioral researchers, Limited English Proficiency, Health Literacy, Socioeconomically marginalized groups, African American, Latino, Chinese, lay hlth workers, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, participation in clinical trials, Team science, African American health ministry capacity buildling via training and technical assistance, consumption of fruits and vegetables, cancer screening, hereditary breast cancer/genetic counseling for low-income women, Mentoring under-represented junior faculty or trainees.
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