For the past decade, my overall area of research has been cancer control research specifically in addressing cancer health disparities with a community-based approach. I began my research career at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research as a project coordinator of two studies, one was an R01 funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase patient’s participation in clinical cancer trials and the second was a study funded by the American Cancer Society to increase colorectal cancer screening among flu clinic attendees in the Northern California Kaiser Permanente region using a home stool kit. I was then awarded a diversity supplement from NCI to explore the barriers and facilitators of colorectal cancer screening among the Latino church in Alameda County. The foundation of my dissertation research was born out of this research project with my initial community-based collaboration with a Pentecostal church in Union City California. Five years later, they are the site for my dissertation study.