Gloria D. Coronado, PhD

Senior Investigator,
Mitch Greenlick Endowed Scientist
for Health Disparities

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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 conducts research on health disparities related to cancer prevention among underserved populations. She designs and evaluates clinic-based interventions to improve participation in cancer prevention screening and diagnostic follow-up among patients at Latino-serving community health clinics. Currently, she is leading a large pragmatic study to test a direct-mail approach to raising rates of colon cancer screening in community health centers in Oregon, Washington, and California.

In addition to her research on cancer prevention, Dr. Coronado has examined Latino parents’ acceptance of the human papillomavirus (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. She has collaborated broadly with Latino-serving community-based organizations both locally and nationally.

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. The program provides mentored research and professional development workshops to accelerate students’ readiness to attend graduate programs in biomedical sciences.

Dr. Coronado received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington and became a research associate professor in the university’s Department of Epidemiology. She also received training at Stanford University. In 2009, she participated in the National Hispana Leadership Institute, an executive leadership training program.

Recent Publications

  • Coronado GD, Burdick T, Petrik A, Kapka T, Retecki S, Green B. Using an Automated Data-driven, EHR-Embedded Program for Mailing FIT kits: Lessons from the STOP CRC Pilot Study. J Gen Pract (Los Angel). 2014 Jan 5;2. pii: 1000141.
  • Coronado GD, Petrik AF, Bartelmann SE, Coyner LA, Coury J. Health Policy to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening: Improving Access and Aligning Federal and State Incentives. ACRP Clinical Researcher. 2015 Feb
  • 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
  • Larson E, Tachibana C, Thompson E, Coronado G, DeBar L, Dember LM, Honda S, Huang SS, Jarvik JD, Nelson C, Septimus E, Simon G, Johnson KE. Trials without tribulations: Minimizing the burden of pragmatic research on healthcare systems. Healthcare. (2015) Doi:10.1016/j.hjdsi.2015.07.005i
  • Molina Y, Ornelas IJ, Doty SL, Bishop S, Beresford SAA, Coronado G. Family/friend recommendations and mammography intentions: The roles of perceived subjective norms and social support. Health Education Research. 2015 Epub; doi:10.1093/her/cyv040

Press Release

Mailing Free Tests to Patients’ Homes Boosts Colon Cancer Screening In Underserved Patients

STOP Colon Cancer program addresses disparities among uninsured, low-income and Latino patients.

Feb 26, 2014


Father's Experiences Inspire Researcher to Reduce Health Disparities

Gloria Coronado has a picture of her father taped to her office door. It was taken a few months before he died of bladder cancer in 2011.

“The day we took that picture was a good day,” says Gloria, a scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland. “For the first time in months, he wanted to get outside. We went to the park and ate tacos.”

Nov 9, 2015


Kids Say the Darndest Things: Now They're Talking About Colon Cancer

Most people can wait until they are 50 to take a colon cancer screening test, but you don't have to wait that long to start learning about the subject. These girls are still in elementary school and they're already talking about a new NIH Common Fund project that's boosting screening rates among uninsured and minority patients.