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Outstanding Professor Lecture Nov. 20

Health Scientist Addresses Health Equity

Nov. 12, 2013


“Achieving Health Equity Through Community-Based Participatory Research” is the topic of Cal State Fullerton’s Nov. 20 Outstanding Professor Lecture by Sora Park Tanjasiri, professor of health science and this year's recipient of the university’s highest faculty honor. The free lecture is open to the public.


Wednesday, Nov. 20
2 p.m.


Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


A member of the campus faculty since 2003, Tanjasiri also serves as director of the Health Promotion Research Institute. Her research focuses on the community health needs of diverse populations, particularly Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has garnered more than $15 million in grants to study ways to reduce cancer health disparities in underrepresented communities. Her research has been published in 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences nationwide. The Irvine resident has a doctorate and master’s degree in public health from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley.


Tanjasiri explains community-based participatory research as an effort to “improve the responsiveness of research institutions to address root causes of enduring health disparity problems.”

Such a research approach, she said, “forges deep collaborations between universities and medically underserved communities to bridge the gap between biomedical discoveries and actual health improvements.”

As principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 25 grant-funded research projects in the past decade, Tanjasiri will share lessons learned from successes and failures in community-based cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship studies, as well her thoughts on training the next generation of students in collaborative science.

Outstanding Professor Award:

Cal State Fullerton annually recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates a record of superlative teaching and scholarship and contributes to the stature of the university and the California State University system. As part of the honor, the recipient receives a cash award, is recognized at the Honors Convocation, leads the faculty during commencement ceremonies and give a public lecture.

Media Contacts:

Sora Park Tanjasiri, 657-278-4592
Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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