Cancer Prevention & Control Research

Better Cancer Care for Elderly Latinos: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for "Addressing Cancer Disparities for Latino Medicare Beneficiaries."

Dr. Ana Natale-Pereira, taken from legacy UMDNJ Magazine, Spring/Summer 2007

"Ana Natale-Pereira, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Academic Medicine, Geriatrics, and Community Programs, and director of community-based networks at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), was awarded a four-year, $2.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for "Addressing Cancer Disparities for Latino Medicare Beneficiaries." The medical school is one of six nationally funded CMS-CPTD (Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration) sites established to reduce cancer health disparities among racial and ethnic populations

The CMS Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration Project is tremendously significant at a national level, and it is our privilege to be a part of this congressional mandate,” said Natale-Pereira. “The results of this project will have health policy implications for the Medicare community.” At the local level, it builds a trusting collaborative relationship between NJMS and community organizations, physicians, churches, businesses, and other institutions and community leaders and individuals who have agreed to participate, she says.

The project uses a MATCH (multi-level approach to community health) planning model to integrate community outreach, education, and patient assistance programs with the aim of helping Latino seniors in the metro Newark area and surrounding communities in Union and Hudson counties navigate the health care system and facilitate screening for the diagnosis and treatment of breast, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer. It also provides patient assistance in all aspects of the cancer care continuum, including cultural and linguistic competency training for a multi-disciplinary care team. To demonstrate a statistically significant improvement between control and intervention groups, the project’s target for participation includes 1,284 cancer-free/screening participants, and 100 cancer positive/treatment participants."

The Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment in New Jersey


Chair: Stan Weiss, M.D.
Cancer Center Community (CCC) Member
Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
New Jersey Medical School
30 Bergen Street, ADMC #16, Room 1614
Newark, NJ 07107
Office: (973) 972-4623
Fax: (973) 972-6556

Comprehensive Cancer Control: Prevention, Planning and Epidemiology



Statewide Cancer Capacity and Needs Assessment Initiative
Cancer Resource Database of New Jersey
Geographic Information System incorporating the CRDNJ
County Cancer Coalitions in General and Essex County in Particular
Evaluation of the New Jersey Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan
Library Initiatives
Evaluation of the Prostate Net's pilot Barbershop Initiative

Barber Shop Initiative aricle in the Star Ledger (September 2008) 33.65 Kb

Project Leader:

Stan Weiss, M.D.,

Full Time Staff:

Essex County Cancer Coalition, Essex County CEED and S.A.V.E. Women and Men Project


The Essex County CEED Coalition is a new cooperative venture from the East Orange General Hospital/St. Michael's Medical Center CEED Project and the U.M.D.N.J. "SAVE Women and Men" CEED Project . It was formed in order to encourage local partnerships to promote cancer screening services, and to provide a meeting place for those involved in this endeavor.

Join the Yahoo group for the Essex County Cancer Coalition, click here.

Newark Barbershop Initiative

Opportunities are available for volunteers to be trained as patient navigators in the Newark Barbershop Initiative, to help patients navigate the health care system; volunteers with current involvement in the community, particularly a local barbershop, are preferred. Volunteers should contact Dr. Weiss at

Opportunities for students:

Opportunities are available for students to work on these and other projects. Financial support is limited to federal work-study positions and summer research positions. Contact Dr. Rosenblum at