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Research Projects

  • A Pap Test Intervention to Enhance Decision Making among Pacific Islander Women, $2,678,046 (Sablan-Santos & Tanjasiri, Shared Principal Investigators; 9/23/10-7/31/15). A randomized control trial funded by the National Cancer Institute (1R01CA149324) to test the effectiveness of a social support intervention to increase Pap testing among Chamorro, Samoan and Tongan women in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
  • REACH US PATH for Women (Promoting Access to Health for Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Women), $4,250,000 (Foo, Principal Investigator; 9/30/2007-9/29/2012).  A five year Center of Excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote dissemination of model programs to reduce breast and cervical cancer health disparities among Cambodians, Chamorros, Hmong, Lao, Marshallese, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Thais, Tongans, and Vietnamese in Southern California.
  • HIV/HPV Comordibity among Pacific Islanders, $175,000 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; 5/1/09-9/31/2010). NCI funded exploratory study of HIV and HPV knowledge, attitudes, and risk reduction behaviors among Chamorro and Tongan youth and parents in Los Angeles.
  • Breast Cancer Health Navigation Project, $210,448 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; 5/1/09-4/30/2011).  A pilot project supported by ARRA funding to develop and test a cancer health navigation program to promote breast cancer screening for Tongan American women in Southern California.
  • Physical Activity & Nutrition among Pacific Islander Youth: An Exploratory Study, $353,327 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; 5/1/07-4/30/09).  An exploratory study funded by the National Cancer Institute (R21) to assess physical activity and nutritional intake among Marshallese, Samoan and Tongan adolescents age 14-17 in Southern California.
  • Social Support among Samoan Breast Cancer Survivors, $69,686 (Mata’alii & Tanjasiri, Co-Principal Investigators; 7/1/06-12/31/07).  A pilot study funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program of the social support needs for Samoan survivors and their caregivers.
  • Lymphedema and Pacific Islander Breast Cancer Survivorship, $52,564 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; Sgambelluri, Project Leader; 5/1/08-4/30/09).  NCI pilot project award that explored the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding lymphedema risk and prevention among Pacific Islander breast cancer survivors.
  • Correlates of Cancer Screening for Pacific Islanders, $69,750 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; Sripipatana, Project Leader; 5/1/07-4/30/09). NCI pilot project award that explored the correlates of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening among Pacific Islander adults in California.
  • Behavior and Beliefs related to Diet in Hawaiians, $71,872 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; McEligot, Project Leader; 5/1/07-4/30/09). NCI pilot project award that assessed the dietary intake of Native Hawaiian adults in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
  • Creating the PI Physical Activity Questionnaire, $55,499 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; Moy, Project Leader; 5/1/07-4/30/09). NCI pilot project that created and pilot tested a physical activity questionnaire for Pacific Islander adults in Southern California.
  • Projected incidence of cancer among Pacific Islanders, $81,500 (Tanjasiri, Principal Investigator; Panapasa, Project Leader; 5/1/07-4/30/09). NCI pilot project that assessed the cancer mortality burden among Pacific Islander subethnic groups in California.
  • Environmental Influences on Tobacco Use among AAPI Communities, $150,860 (Lew & Tanjasiri, Co-Principal Investigators;  7/1/04-6/30/07).  A three year, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) funded project that explored the association between pro- and anti-tobacco environmental characteristics of communities and tobacco use among youth in those communities.

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