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AANCART receives national recognition for health disparities leadership

Dr. Moon Chen
AANCART is led by Moon Chen Jr., UC Davis professor of hematology and oncology, who specializes in developing linguistically specific, culturally tailored and population-based health interventions.

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (AANCART) has been honored by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities with its Health Disparities Leadership Award. The recognition was announced during an awards banquet in National Harbor, Md., recently, held in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities.

AANCART — the largest project ever undertaken to curb cancer in Asian Americans — is a national effort based at UC Davis Cancer Center and funded by the National Cancer Institute as part of an effort to reduce ethnic disparities in cancer. AANCART is led by Moon Chen Jr., UC Davis professor of hematology and oncology, who specializes in developing linguistically specific, culturally tailored and population-based health interventions.

In noting Chen's contributions in his notification letter, John Ruffin, director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, said, "Your work is testament of the essence of community collaboration that is needed to address the complex issues of cancer health disparities among Asian Americans, including the biological, behavioral, socio-economic and cultural factors that AANCART is studying."

UC Davis Cancer Center director Ralph deVere White is pleased but not surprised about the AANCART honor and credits Chen for his leadership of the effort.

"Dr. Chen is unique in his commitment to completely eliminating cancer disparities among Asian Americans and educating the community in culturally relevant ways about the importance of cancer prevention," deVere White said. "We congratulate him and AANCART on this well-deserved recognition."

Designated by the National Cancer Institute, UC Davis Cancer Center cares for 9,000 adults and children each year from throughout the Central Valley and inland Northern California. The center is the region's only comprehensive, integrated cancer program, providing both basic and advanced cancer care. Its research program links cancer physicians and scientists throughout UC Davis and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with the unified goal of speeding progress on early detection, reducing overall incidence, enhancing patient quality of life, improving survival rates and making discoveries that will one day cure cancer. For more information, visit www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cancer.