Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), established in 2000, is the only National Cancer Institute-designated National Center for Reducing Asian-American Cancer Health Disparities. It is housed at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The mission is to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research by, for, and with Asian-Americans. AANCART serves Asian-Americans in Sacramento, which also serves as the National AANCART headquarters, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Honolulu, reaching approximately one-third of all Asian-Americans. AANCART focuses specifically on assessing and reducing cancer risks among Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Korean and Vietnamese ancestry.
AANCART is the first and only organization to receive an NIH Leadership Award in Health Disparities from the Director of the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) in December 2008. AANCART also received the NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Award for the most publications of any national CNP in July 2009. From inception through 8/31/2014, AANCART colleagues produced 218 peer-reviewed publications; secured $96 million in grants; conducted over 1,743 outreach activities; presented over 700 presentations; and received 43 recognition awards. Additionally, AANCART colleagues have been recognized at the local, state, and national levels for their contributions to the community and to cancer health disparities research.