Diversity Supplements

AANCART’s Diversity Supplements are aimed at supporting and training those who are traditionally underrepresented in the research community. Diversity Supplements Grantees come from a variety of educational and professional background. In total, AANCART currently supports three Diversity Supplement Grantees.

Arnab Mukherjea, Dr. P.H., M.P.H.

Dr. Mukherjea is a first-year postdoctoral fellow within the Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education at the University of California, San Francisco. His research interests focuses on tobacco related health issues, emphasizing on the connection between culture, behavior and outcome. He received his Doctor of Public Health Degree from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Project Summary:

            The study aims to understand the cultural and social factors influencing tobacco behavior among South Asians living in the United States. The study will:

  • determine which culturally specific tobacco products are available and commonly used by South Asians in the United States
  • evaluate the health and regulatory warnings of available products
  • examine environments which facilitate or encourage use of culturally specific or mainstream tobacco products
  • gather and analyze context data regarding the cultural rationale, beliefs, and knowledge ascribed to tobacco use by South Asian Americans

Over a two year period, Dr. Mukherjea, along with the support of AANCART, will develop a South Asian tobacco instrument, intended to be used as a supplement module for the established Adult Tobacco Survey.

Neetu Chawla, MPH

Neetu Chawla is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Deparment of Health Services, UCLA School of public Health. Ms. Chawla has worked in the area of cancer health disparities for the past several years, gaining experience in the development of survey instruments that includes cancer prevention measures, monitoring data collection processes for a statewide population-based survey, data analysis of questions related to cancer prevention, and targeting policymakers through reports and briefs that highlighted racial and ethnic disparities in cancer prevention.

Project Summary:

The central aim of this project is to understand the needs of South Asian breast cancer survivors. Through qualitative interviews, the study will survey several domains, including the need for cancer-related information, social support through their cancer experience, and integrate the cultural and religious beliefs into outreach and educational efforts.  This project also aims to examine access to care and social support of South Asian breast cancer survivors.

Jamie Felicitas, M.P.H. candidate

Jamie Felicitas is the newest member of AANCART. She is currently a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Southern California. Her research interests are in the area of Filipino cancer health disparities.

Project Summary:

            The project aims to access the cancer education materials available to Filipinos on the APICEM Web Portal and determine their effectiveness in educating Filipinos about different cancer topics by assessing the perception of health care providers on how they utilize APICEM and determining the impact of utilization if healthcare providers introduce APICEM to their patients. The expected outcomes of the project include recommendations and development of materials to increase the utilization and relatability of APICEM to the Filipino community.