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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.
As Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Dr. Gachupin is responsible for building a translational research program within the areas of public, social and behavioral health focused on American Indian youth. She has a background in bioethics, epidemiology, public health practice research with specific training and expertise in working with American Indian communities, including directing several tribal-based epidemiology centers and the research projects undertaken by these centers. She is director of a summer medical wellness camp and is designing community- and family-based behavioral interventions involving tribal youth, parents, and technology. She has a demonstrated record of productive research projects in areas of high relevance and her experience has prepared her to contribute to improving American Indian health disparities.