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Welcome to the SDSU / UCSD CREATE Partnership

Our Mission:

The goal of the The Cancer Research and Education to Advance HealTh Equity (CREATE) Partnership is to further increase SDSU’s cancer research capacities and expand SDSU’s and UCSD’s emphasis on cancer health disparities research.

News, Events, & Important Dates

Community Partnerships

  • Through the work of the Outreach Core, our Partnership fostered impactful community-academic partnerships with all 18 Community Health Centers (CHC) in its region.
  • Our Partnership obtained funding to assess rates of abnormal fecal immunochemical test (FIT) and to characterize colonoscopy referral and completion among 1,229 patients with abnormal FIT from 8 CHCs
  • We implemented an evidence-based, best practices focused patient navigation program for abnormal FIT follow-up (N=137 patients were navigated, and the abnormal FIT follow-up rate improved by 17% (from 25% to 42%)
  • Our Partnership provided no-cost colonoscopies for uninsured patients in collaboration with UCSD’s Colon Health Program. In the past year alone, 15 patients have been referred.

Partnership Applications for 2021 Summer Scholar Program

Our remote Summer 2020 Program was a success!! Undergraduates, click below for important upcoming dates for Summer 2021.

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Our Programs

community outreach


Fostering community-academic partnerships to support cancer disparities research and dissemination of evidence-based cancer prevention recommendations to underserved communities and their providers.
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community outreach


Providing educational and career development opportunities to current and future cancer scientists and physicians, especially those from under-represented populations throughout San Diego.
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community outreach


Supporting cancer research by funding state-of-the-art collaborative research projects to create successful, long-term research collaborations between SDSU and UCSD to advance cancer care in San Diego and beyond.
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community members


undergraduate students


research papers
in 4 years

Our Institutions