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[December 2, 2008]

Dr. Abraham Aragones Receives Cancer Disparties Grant:
Will Study Barriers to Use of Human Papilloma Vaccine

Abraham Aragones, MD, MSci, has received a grant from the Programa de Investigacion de Migracion y Salud (PIMSA), and the Health Initiative of the Americas, University of California, Berkeley, to study parents’ attitudes toward the use of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in Mexico and New York. Dr. Aragones is assistant professor of community health sciences in SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Graduate Program in Public Health. 

The title of the project is “Understanding Barriers for HPV Vaccine and Its Implication for Policy: A study of Mexican Parents in Puebla, Mexico and New York, USA.” The Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla and SUNY Downstate will collaborate on the yearlong grant, which is for $40,000. Dr. Aragones and colleagues will assess factors related to acceptance of the HPV vaccine among Mexican parents.

Dr. Aragones earned his medical degree in his native Peru at the University of San Martin de Porres in Lima. He served as an intern at the Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza and completed a fellowship at New York University School of Medicine in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-sponsored program in medicine and public health research. Dr. Aragones obtained his master’s degree at New York University School of Medicine.

His research interests involve immigrant populations and cancer health disparities as well as chronic care in these populations. He is working on projects related to colorectal cancer screening among Latinos, cancer screening referrals among immigrants, and the impact of the Chronic Care Model, developed by the MacColl Institute, in the Latino immigrant population.


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