At the center of all our programs is the notion that the end goal is the improvement of the overall health of the individual and the community. Therefore, we are always exploring new ideas and methodology to improve contemporary understanding of health and wellness.
Due to current understanding of the healthy immigrant effect and cancer registry data, there are unidentified social and cultural factors within the Vietnamese American enclave which are positively impacting Vietnamese American women with breast cancer survival rate. We want to investigate and identify these factors so that we can translate our findings to other communities to better detect and improval breast cancer survival rate. The results of this research could be applicable to other types of cancer. The novel findings thus far is low SES Vietnamese women living in an enclave has better breast cancer survival rate than non-hispanice White and Vietnamese women (usually of higher SES) living outside of an enclave. This work is a collaboration with the University of Southern California Keck’s School of Medicine.