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Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research & Training (WINCART)


Dr. Sora Park TanjasiriDr. Sora Park Tanjasiri, MPH, DrPH
Co-Principal Investigator
Professor & Chair
Department of Health Science
California State University, Fullerton
Email: stanjasiri@fullerton.edu
Phone: (657) 278-4592


Dr. Paula Healani PalmerDr. Paula Healani Palmer, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator
Associate Professor and Director of Global Health Programs
School of Community & Global Health
Claremont Graduate University
Email: paula.palmer@cgu.edu
Phone: (909) 607-1075


Mary Anne FooMary Anne Foo, MPH
Community Outreach Program Lead
Executive Director
Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance
Email: mafoo@ocapica.org
Phone: (714) 636-9095



WINCART Center Steering Committee

WINCART is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from Pacific Islander community-based organizations, cancer-related researchers, and cancer clinical providers in Southern California.

Sora Park Tanjasiri

Paula Healani Palmer*

Mary Anne Foo

Victor Kaiwi Pang*

Lola Sablan Santos*

Vanessa Tui'one May*

Dorothy Vaivao*

Tupou "Bo" Toilolo*

Rhonda Folsom

Leilani Beck*


*Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander


WINCART Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board is made up of Pacific Islander community leaders from Southern California. Together, this group helps to guide and inform all of WINCART Community Outreach Program activities.



WINCART was founded in May 2005 and serves the approximately 100,000 Pacific Islanders who reside in Southern California, defined as the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino, and San Diego. Our mission is to reduce the disproportionate burden from cancer affecting five of the largest Southern California Pacific Islander populations: Chamorros, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans and Tongans.


Mission Statement

WINCART's mission is to promote healthy Pacific Islander communities. WINCART addresses cancer health disparities among Southern California's Pacific Islander populations through increasing cancer awareness, collaborative research programs, and providing valuable leadership and training opportunities. The specific aims for our network are:

  • Develop and implement programs to increase cancer awareness among Pacific Islanders from primarily five populations in Southern California: Chamorros, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Tongans.
  • Understand and address smoking cessation needs of young Pacific Islander adults.
  • Explore community knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding biospecimen collection and research.
  • Create opportunities to increase the number of well-trained Pacific Islander researchers through trainings, mentorship, and participatory research projects.
  • Facilitate the development of research grants that address the cancer needs of Pacific Islanders, with a focus on primary (obesity and tobacco) prevention, access and navigation, and survivorship.

Funder & NCI Disclaimer

WINCART is one of 25 Community Network Programs funded by the Nattional Cancer Institute's (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD). The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NCI CRCHD.

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