As the Assistant Director of the Cancer Health Disparities Institute at the UA Cancer Center, Dr. Gachupin is responsible to ensure research programs involve disparities-related issues. The goals of the CHDI are to: (1) address cancer health disparities in under-served populations of Arizona by bringing together and synergizing the strengths of cancer researchers and clinicians at the Cancer Center, (2) identify research opportunities, and (3) develop a comprehensive, integrated initiative that will result in lowering the cancer burden in under-served communities. The Institute has placement within the Cancer Center to ensure support by Cancer leadership and direct links to research and facilitation opportunities.
Dr. Gachupin previously served as Principal Investigator on CDC funded American Indian comprehensive cancer control programs in the northern plains and the pacific northwest. Dr. Gachupin is a tribal member of the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico. She received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She studies primarily chronic diseases and related behavioral risk factors. Much of her training has been at the National Institutes of Health and most of her work has occurred at four separate tribal based epidemiology centers – Portland Area, Aberdeen Area, Albuquerque Area and Navajo Area.