Gloria D. Coronado, PhD

Distinguished Investigator,
Mitch Greenlick Endowed Scientist
for Health Disparities

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 community health clinics.

Currently, Dr. Coronado 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. She is also testing the use of patient navigation among individuals whose colorectal cancer screening results are positive and who are at risk of forgoing follow-up colonoscopy.

In addition to her research on cancer prevention, Dr. Coronado 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. She has collaborated broadly with Latino-serving community-based organizations both locally and nationally.

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. She 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 post-baccalaureate students to conduct cancer research.

Dr. Coronado currently serves as a member of the Steering Committees of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and the Knight Cancer Center Community Partnership Program. She is a member of the advisory board for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program.

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

Featured Story

Addressing racial disparities in health care

Dr. Gloria Coronado PhD speaking at the Oregon Health Forum

CHR Investigator Gloria Coronado joined Oregon Health Forum discussion on how to remove barriers and address issues of health equity for the populations we serve

June 24, 2019

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Studies show patient-centered messaging improves rates of Latino-based colorectal cancer screening

Trials test effectiveness of outreach based on patients’ preferences for timing and content of messages

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Engaging with Patients to Boost Colorectal Cancer Screening and Reduce Disparities

A team from the Center for Health Research visited AltaMed Health Services in Los Angeles as part of a community-based participatory research project designed to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in underserved populations.

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