Rena Pasick

DrPH, Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Associate Director for Community Education & Outreach with the University of California, San Franciso

Dr. Pasick is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for 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). Her current research includes an NCI-funded TO1, 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. In 2010, Dr. Pasick was recognized for her record of research in cancer disparities by an invitation to join the Komen Race for the Cure Scientific Advisory Board/Scholar. With the funds that come with this honor, Dr. Pasick will study 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.

Dr. Pasick is a member of CHARM's Advisory Group. In this role, she is responsible for guidance with strategic planning and ensuring the broadest possible reach of CHARM's activities.

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