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How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials
Latinos represent 18.5% of the U.S. population, but are far less than 10% of those in federal cancer and drug studies.

This makes it hard for researchers to create treatments that work best for Latinos.

To address this issue, you’re invited to join this webinar, “How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials,” from UT Health San Antonio.

The webinar will help health care professionals understand the lack of Latino participation in clinical trials and explore strategies and system-changing advocacy actions to improve Latino enrollment in clinical trials.

Panelists Dr. Patricia Chalela, a Latino cancer researcher at UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Marcela Mazo Canola, a physician at the Mays Cancer Center, and Jeraldine Ortiz, a breast cancer survivor and clinical trial participant, will partake in a discussion moderated by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

This webinar is part of a six-webinar series, “Let’s Address Health Equity Together,” conducted in collaboration with the Salud America!, program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech.

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Dec 14, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Amelie G. Ramirez, PhD
Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research @UT Health San Antonio
Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, an internationally recognized researcher in Latino health promotion and behavioral change, is director of Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. She has spent over 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and promotion of health equity. She also is associate director of cancer outreach and engagement at the NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.
Patricia Chalela, PhD
Associate Professor, Institute for Health Promotion Research @UT Health San Antonio
Dr. Patricia Chalela is an associate professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio. Her work and expertise are in social and behavioral sciences, health communications, and promotion and health disparities research. Read more about her at salud.to/chalela.
Marcela Mazo Canola, MD
Assistant Professor @Mays Cancer Center
Dr. Marcela Mazo Canola is a physician and assistant professor specializing in breast oncology and hematology at the Mays Cancer Center of UT Health San Antonio. Her research focus is on solid tumors malignancies in the Latino population as well as the different health disparities that affect the community.
Jeraldine Ortiz
Breast cancer survivor
Jeraldine Ortiz is a breast cancer survivor and clinical trial participant. When she was diagnosed over 15 years ago, her doctor encouraged Jeraldine to volunteer for a breast cancer clinical trial at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio. Now she encourages other Latinas to participate in clinical trials. Read more about her at salud.to/ortiz.
Veronica Sandoval, PhD, JD
Principal in Patient Inclusion, Chief Diversity Office @Genentech
Veronica Sandoval is a Principal in the Patient Inclusion and Health Equity team in the Chief Diversity Office at Genentech. Veronica's policy and medical background, along with the personal and professional intersection of her Latina and health equity efforts, bring a rich perspective to Genentech’s ongoing work in health equity and inclusive research. Veronica has experience in different therapeutic areas, including asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, overactive bladder, female sexual dysfunction, autism spectrum disorder, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and more. As a child of migrant farm workers, Veronica understands the hardships that the Latino community faces. She is committed to partner with underrepresented communities to address health equity issues and ensure patients have access to care. Veronica holds a B.A. in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Utah, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.