Medical research is essential to find the most effective treatment or new ways to increase survival rates and improve the quality of life for people living with illnesses. Currently, there are two popular types of research, Clinical Trials and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

1/ Clinical Trials:

Clinical trials are research studies performed on people to test if a new treatment is safe and effective. Such studies have helped uncover new ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease.


Clinical trials study new drugs that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), new ways to use approved drugs, treatments such as radiation or surgery, or new ways to combine treatments. Clinical trials are important in developing new treatments for serious diseases like cancer.

2) Community-based participatory research (CBPR):

CBPR is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, researchers, and others in all aspects of the research process.

CBPR aims to increase knowledge and understanding of a given phenomenon and to integrate the knowledge gained with interventions for the policy or social change benefiting the community members. CBPR is also a method to improve knowledge and understanding of the impact of cancers on the family and society. Most of the research that VACF participates in is CBPR.

The research participation rate of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) is not high and thus affects the interests of Vietnamese people in particular and AAPI people in general. VACF is currently working with several universities and other organizations to increase AAPI's research participation in three programs below.

Be part of the medical research to improve the quality of life for Vietnamese and share your experiences for the next generation!

Dr. Bichlien Nguyen

"Through CANVAS, we want to know your breast cancer treatment concerns and barriers to help shape future policies"

Dr. Hoang Le

"The CARE program helps increase the research participation rate of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in health issues"

CANVAS Research

CANVAS is for Vietnamese women who have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer - questionnaire and interview format.

CARE Program

CARE is a program that creates a research registry of AAPI who are interested in participating in various types of research. Any Asian Americans over 18 years old can participate.

DAWN Research

DAWN interviews patients with metastatic cancers and their caregivers.