Women Health Care Executives


Woman of the Year 2014 Event
May 1, 2014
The Westin St. Francis
355 Powell St., San Francisco

Rena Pasick, DrPH

Dr. Rena Pasick is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Director for Community Education & Outreach, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Trained in public health, her expertise is in community health and health promotion across cultures.  For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Pasick has pursued her passion to reduce cancer disparities in the diverse and underserved communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond through research, education, and advocacy. Dr. Pasick’s research has generated new understandings of the role of culture in efforts to reduce disparities in breast and prostate cancers. Merging research and community work, she established a Faith Communities partnership that fosters new health ministries in African American churches and brings them “best practice” programs and training designed to build their capacity to promote health.  Her disparities research led Dr. Pasick to obtain NIH funding to establish the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (1998-2018) to encourage under-represented master’s level public health students and professionals to pursue doctoral training and to become leaders in public health and disparities research.  To date, more than 150 master’s students of color have gone on to doctoral programs.


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