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Gloria D. Coronado, PhD

Meet Gloria Coronado

When Gloria Coronado was growing up, her immigrant family had some misconceptions about cancer. Now she helps to dispel similar misconceptions and increase cancer screening among underserved populations.

Gloria Coronado, PhD, is an epidemiologist who champions affordable, long-term solutions to health disparity issues. She leads a well-funded research portfolio that inspires health system leaders to make sensible, evidence-informed choices to engage hard-to-reach populations in life-saving preventive behaviors. 

Dr. Coronado has developed several innovative, cost-effective interventions to improve rates of participation in cancer screening among patients served by community health centers. Her work has led to successful partnerships with large health plans, state institutions, and community clinics. She currently directs or co-directs three programs that employ systems-based approaches to raise the rates of colorectal cancer screening in health plans and clinics in Washington, Oregon, and California.

In addition to her research on cancer prevention, Dr. Coronado collaborates with Latino-serving community-based organizations locally and nationally. She has examined Latino parents’ acceptance of the HPV vaccine for girls, evaluated strategies for reducing pesticide exposure for children of farm workers, and developed innovative, culturally tailored programs for reducing diabetes and cancer risks among Latinos in a rural setting.

Dr. Coronado came to the Center for Health Research from the Cancer Prevention Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where she led a training program that prepared diverse undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students to conduct cancer research.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Coronado has served as the principal investigator, co-investigator or co-principal investigator on over 35 federally funded grants; she has authored or co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She currently serves as a Steering Committee member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.

Dr. Coronado received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington and then was a research associate professor in the university’s Department of Epidemiology. She also received training at Stanford University.

Selected Current Studies

  • Screening More Patients for CRC through Adapting and Refining Targeted Evidence-based Interventions in Rural Settings—SMARTER CRC (NCI/Cancer Moonshot)
  • Predicting and Addressing Colonoscopy Non-Adherence in Community Settings (NCI)
  • Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colon Cancer in Priority Populations—STOP CRC (NCI)

Selected Publications

  • Coronado GD, Schneider J, Sanchez JJ, Petrik AF, Green B. Reasons for non-response to a direct-mailed FIT kit program: Lessons learned from a pragmatic colorectal-cancer screening study in a Federally Sponsored Health Center. Translations Behavioral Medicine 2015 Mar;5(1):60-7. PMCID: PMC4332898
  • Petrik AF, Le T, Keast E, Rivelli J, Bigler K, Green B, Vollmer WM, Coronado G. Predictors of colorectal cancer screening prior to implementation of a large pragmatic trial in federally qualified health centers. J Community Health 2018 Feb;43(1):128-136. PMCID: PMC5767531 [Available on 2019-02-01]
  • Coronado GD, Rivelli JS, Fuoco MJ, Vollmer WM, Petrik AF, Keast E, Barker S, Topalanchik E, Jimenez R. Effect of reminding patients to complete fecal immunochemical testing: A comparative effectiveness study of automated and live approaches. J Gen Intern Med 2018 Jan;33(1):72-78. PMCID: PMC5756165
  • Coury J, Schneider JL, Rivelli JS, Petrik AF, Seibel E, D'Agostini B, Taplin SH, Green BB, Coronado GD. Applying the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approach to a large pragmatic study involving safety net clinics. BMC Health Serv Res 2017 Jun 19;17(1):411. PMCID: PMC5477281
  • Coronado GD, Schneider JL, Petrik A, Rivelli J, Taplin S, Green BB. Implementation successes and challenges in participating in a pragmatic study to improve colon cancer screening: perspectives of health center leaders. Transl Behav Med 2017 Feb 1. [Epub 2017 Feb 1]
  • Petrik AF, Green BB, Vollmer WM, Le T, Bachman B, Keast E, Rivelli J, Coronado GD. The validation of electronic health records in accurately identifying patients eligible for colorectal cancer screening in safety net clinics. Fam Pract 2016 Dec;33(6):639-643. [Epub 2016 Jul 28] PMCID: PMC5161488 [Available on 2017-12-01]
  • Oluloro A, Petrik AF, Turner A, Kapka T, Rivelli J, Carney PA, Saha S, Coronado GD. Timeliness of Colonoscopy After Abnormal Fecal Test Results in a Safety Net Practice. J Community Health 2016 Aug;41(4):864-70. PMCID: PMC5400284 [Available on 2017-08-01]
  • Coronado GD, Beresford SA, McLerran D, Jimenez R, Patrick DL, Ornelas I, Bishop S, Scheel J, Thompson B. Multi-level intervention raises Latina participation in mammography screening: findings from ¡Fortaleza Latina!. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2016 Apr;25(4):584-92. PMCID: PMC4912050
  • Coronado GD, Retecki S, Schneider J, Taplin SH, Burdick T, Green BB. Recruiting community health centers into pragmatic research: Findings from STOP CRC. Clin Trials 2016 Apr;13(2):214-22. [Epub 2015 Sep 29] PMCID: PMC4785071
  • Vollmer WM, Green BB, Coronado GD. Analytic Challenges Arising from the STOP CRC Trial: Pragmatic Solutions for Pragmatic Problems. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) 2015 Dec 9;3(1):1200. PMCID: PMC4708092

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