Jordan Tompkins, MA, is a Cancer Research Training Fellow for the Implementation Science Team at the National Cancer Institute and is currently on detail at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jordan’s primary role is as a liaison between the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at NCI and the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) at the CDC. In this capacity, she explores and strengthens collaboration activities between the two divisions. Previously, Jordan served as the Chief Engagement Officer for Research to Reality—an online community of practice designed to encourage collaboration among cancer researchers and practitioners. Jordan has conducted qualitative research projects on a diverse range of topics, including health communication and treatment seeking behaviors for malaria in rural Mozambique; patient-reported outcomes of a community health worker program for HIV-positive transgender sex workers in Washington, DC; and cultural competency and sex education programs in rural Georgia, USA.
Jordan received her Master’s degree in applied anthropology, with a specialization in medical anthropology, from the University of Maryland. As a medical anthropologist, she is primarily concerned with the interaction between culture and health/illness, defined broadly. Jordan believes that for public health programs to work effectively, they must be culturally relevant and responsive to the communities they serve. She is passionate about health equity and the importance of leveraging community expertise. She looks forward to learning more about program development, implementation, and evaluation during her time with DCPC.
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