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Endocrine Therapy Nonadherence and Discontinuation in Black and White Women

CPCRN principal investigator Stephanie Wheeler of the University of North Carolina was lead author on a new publication in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, “Endocrine Therapy Nonadherence and Discontinuation in Black and White Women.” Abstract Background: Differential use of endocrine therapy (ET) by race may contribute to breast ...
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Cam Escoffery Presented at the CDC National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program’s 20th Anniversary Meeting,

CPCRN affiliate Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES of Emory University presented "Selecting Evidence-based Interventions (EBIs) for Impact" at the CDC National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program’s (NCCCP) 20th Anniversary Celebration that took place from September 10-11, 2018. On the first day of the conference, NCCCP awardees joined CDC staff and partners in various working ...
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CPCRN-Related Presentations at the 11th Annual D&I Conference, December 3-5, 2018

The 11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I), co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AcademyHealth, will be held from December 3-5, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Guided by the theme, Scaling up Effective Health and Healthcare: Advancing the Research Agenda and ...
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CPCRN-Related Presentations at the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, November 10-14, 2018

APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo is the largest annual gathering of public health professionals. More than 12,000 people attend, and thousands of new abstracts are presented each year, making APHA 2018 the most influential meeting in public health. This year, members from the University of Iowa and Case Western Reserve ...
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CPCRN Members Contribute to New NCI Implementation Science Text

Several CPCRN members contributed to a new National Cancer Institute (NCI) text, Advancing the Science of Implementation across the Cancer Continuum, published in November 2018. The book is the first text of its kind to focus on the intersection of implementation science and cancer, and provides a broad synthesis of ...
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Beliefs About Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Appalachia, 2011-2014

CPCRN principal investigator Robin Vanderpool of the University of Kentucky co-authored a new publication in Public Health Reports, "Beliefs About Behavioral Determinants of Obesity in Appalachia, 2011-2014."  Abstract The populations of many Appalachian communities have high rates of unhealthy body weight. This study aimed to identify differences in beliefs about obesity between ...
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Jennifer Leeman Co-Authored New NCI Resource, Qualitative Methods in Implementation Science

In 2015, the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Implementation Science Team convened a group of experts in implementation science and/or qualitative research, to develop guidance for the use of qualitative methods in implementation science. Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV, PI of 4CNC, was invited to join The Qualitative Research in Implementation Science ...
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Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention–Special Issue: Rural Cancer Control Focus

In November 2018, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP) released a special issue: Rural Cancer Control Focus. The issue featured multiple articles authored by CPCRN members, including principal investigator Robin Vanderpool of the University of Kentucky, and c0-investigator Whitney Zahnd of the University of South Carolina. CEBP presented the Rural Cancer Control Focus ...
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CPCRN Cervical Cancer Workgroup Publication – Reducing Overuse of Cervical Cancer Screening: A Systematic Review

The CPCRN Cervical Cancer Workgroup recently published an article, "Reducing Overuse of Cervical Cancer Screening: A Systematic Review," in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. ABSTRACT Overuse of clinical preventive services increases healthcare costs and may deprive underserved patients of necessary care. Up to 45% of cervical cancer screening is overuse. We conducted ...
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Coverage of Op-Ed “Sunscreens save lives, have limited impact on coral reefs,” co-authored by Karen Glanz

Hawaii proposed and subsequently passed a bill banning sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate in order to “preserve marine ecosystems.” CPCRN principal investigator, Karen Glanz of the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored an op-ed for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser titled, "Suncreens save lives, have limited impact on coral reefs." While on sabbatical for the first part of ...
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University of North Carolina CPCRN Team Presented the CPCRN Curriculum to the North Region of the American Cancer Society

On July 16th, 4CNC team members Jennifer Leeman, Catherine Rohweder and Mary Wangen and Emory faculty, Cam Escoffery, traveled to Bloomington, MN, to provide a day-long training to over 30 American Cancer Society (ACS) North Region staff in the hospital and healthcare systems verticals. They delivered a version of the ...
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Carmen Guerra Co-Authored New American Cancer Society Guidelines, Recommending Earlier Colorectal Cancer Screening

New guidelines developed by the American Cancer Society recommend that screening for colorectal cancer for average-risk adults begin at age 45, five years earlier than the previous recommendation. Co-authored by CPCRN investigator Carmen Guerra, MD, MS of the University of Pennsylvania, the recommendations are based in part on research that ...
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Modeling EBI Impact Workgroup Colorectal Cancer Simulation Model Resource Brief, April 2018

In April 2018, CPCRN's Modeling Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI) Impact Workgroup published their Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Simulation Model Resource Brief to reflect upon recent efforts to model CRC risk, screening, treatment, and cancer outcomes. Study coordinator Sarah Drier and principal investigator Stephanie Wheeler, both of UNC-Chapel Hill, led the effort alongside fellow workgroup members. ...
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Data-Powered Participatory Decision Making: Leveraging Systems Thinking and Simulation to Guide Selection and Implementation of Evidence-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Interventions

A robust evidence base supports the effectiveness of timely colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, follow-up of abnormal results, and referral to care in reducing CRC morbidity and mortality. However, only two-thirds of the US population is current with recommended screening, and rates are much lower for those who are vulnerable because ...
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Use of Evidence-Based Interventions and Implementation Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers

While colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates have been increasing in the general population, rates are considerably lower in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve a large proportion of uninsured and medically vulnerable patients. Efforts to screen eligible patients must be accelerated if we are to reach the national screening ...
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Edith Parker Named New Dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health

CPCRN investigator, Edith Parker, DrPH of the University of Iowa, has been named dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health. She will begin on June 1. Parker has been professor and chair of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health since joining the University of Iowa faculty in 2010. She also ...
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Robin Vanderpool Serves as Chair of the Accelerating Rural Cancer Control (ARCC) Research Meeting, 2018

CPCRN Principal Investigator, Robin Vanderpool, DrPH of the University of Kentucky, was selected as chair of the 2018 Accelerating Rural Cancer Control (ARCC) Research Meeting, scheduled to take place May 30-31, 2018 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Vanderpool will lead a Fireside Chat on Rural Cancer Control ...
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A Systematic Review of Clinic and Community Intervention to Increase Fecal Testing for Colorectal Cancer in Rural and Low-Income Populations in the United States – How, What and When?

Background: Interventions to improve fecal testing for colorectal cancer (CRC) exist, but are not yet routine practice. We conducted this systematic review to determine how implementation strategies and contextual factors influenced the uptake of interventions to increase Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) and Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) for CRC in ...
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Impact of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network: Progress Report Executive Summary, April 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- and National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) has been in operation since 2004. Over that time, the Network has had 16 university members, with 8 universities currently housing CPCRN Network Centers. This report demonstrates the impact of ...
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A Social-Ecological Review of Cancer Disparities in Kentucky

Cancer continuously ranks among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. The burden of cancer is particularly ele- vated in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its 54-county Appala- chian region, where cancer is the leading cause of death. Kentucky’s high rates of cancer have been attributed ...
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Financial Impact of Breast Cancer in Black Versus White Women

Purpose Racial variation in the financial impact of cancer may contribute to observed differences in the use of guideline-recommended treatments. We describe racial differences with regard to the financial impact of breast cancer in a large population-based prospective cohort study. Methods The Carolina Breast Cancer Study oversampled black women and ...
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Applying a Community Engaged Model to Community-Clinic Linkages: Trial and Error in a Small Rural Town

Jason Daniel-Ulloa presented a poster related to his CPCRN work on community-clinical linkages and HPV vaccination at the inaugural Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Conference that took place in San Antonio, Texas on Feb 21-23, 2018. The presentation was called Applying a Community Engaged Model to Community-Clinic Linkages: Trial ...
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Rise Up, Get Tested, and Live: an Arts-Based Colorectal Cancer Educational Program in a Faith-Based Setting

Engaging community members in efforts to reduce cancer-related health disparities through community mini-grant programs has been shown to have meaningful impact. A predominantly African-American church in South Carolina was awarded a community mini-grant to increase awareness about colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among disproportionally high-risk African-American communities through culturally appropriate arts-based ...
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Challenges Implementing Lung Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers

In 2016, the Society of Behavioral Medicine highlighted that disparities endemic to lung cancer will remain and may be exacerbated by gaps in implementation of high-quality screening among high-risk populations. This is because a disproportionate burden of lung cancer incidence and mortality largely tracks disparities associated with higher tobacco use among ...
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Cancer Epidemiologic Research in Understudied Populations Webinar Series: Cancer Prevention and Control Research in Appalachian Kentucky

The NCI webinar with Dr. Robin Vanderpool, PI of the Unviersity of Kentucky CPCRN center, took place on January 17, 2018 from 2-3pm ET. As part of the Cancer Epidemiologic Research in Understudied Populations Webinar Series, Dr. Vanderpool's presentation entitled Cancer Prevention and Control Research in Appalachian Kentucky, discussed best practices ...
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University of Kentucky’s Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS) Featured on RHIhub

The Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS) at the University of Kentucky and the Proactive Office Encounter (POE) are now a featured under the "model and innovations" database on the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) website. RHIhub serves a national information center for rural health issues in ...
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Talking About Your Prostate: Perspectives from Providers and Community Members

Prostate cancer (PrCA) screening is controversial, especially for African-American (AA) men who have higher PrCA incidence and mortality than other racial/ethnic groups. Patient-provider communication is important for the PrCA screening decision process. The study purpose was to better understand the current dialogue between primary care providers (PCPs—physicians and nurse practitioners) ...
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CPCRN Data Brief – Use of Evidence-based Interventions and Implementation Strategies for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Issue: In recent years, colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates have been increasing in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve a large proportion of medically underserved patients. While this trend is promising, there is still work to be done in order to reach the national goal of 80% by 2018. Methods: A ...
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Heather Brandt Appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH)

Heather Brandt, associate professor of health promotion, education, and behavior (HPEB), has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The journal aims to advance public health research, policy, practice and education. Brandt’s three-year term begins following the Annual Meeting of the American ...
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Accelerating Research Collaborations Between Academia and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Suggestions Shaped by History

Collaborations between community health centers (CHCs), including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), and academic partners can provide opportunities to conduct research designed to help vulnerable populations. Despite the potential to deepen understanding of health disparities and to develop means to ameliorate them, barriers to successful research collaboration exist. Barriers to ...
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Scaling Up and Tailoring the “Putting Public Health in Action” Training Curriculum

Despite access to a growing menu of evidence-based interventions, public health practitioners continue to underuse them, in part because practitioners may require new knowledge, skills, and resources to do so. Numerous foundations, universities, governmental agencies, and consultants are providing trainings to address the gaps in practitioners’ capacity. To most significantly ...
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Implementation strategies can help create public health policies to counter tobacco marketing at point of sale

Research recently published from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified strategies and resources that can be successful in creating health policy to counteract tobacco point of sale (POS) marketing and be used in other public health arenas.  The article appeared in the journal Translational and Behavioral ...
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Natoshia Askelson Appointed Principal Investigator of the University of Iowa CPCRN Collaborating Center

Natoshia M. Askelson, MPH, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the UI College of Public Health, has been named Principal Investigator of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) collaborating center at the University of Iowa. The CPCRN is a national network of academic, ...
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Former CPCRN Coordinating Center PI Kurt Ribisl Named Chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Health Behavior

Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD, professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and program leader for cancer prevention and control at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, was named chair of the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior, effective July 1. A member of the ...
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University of North Carolina Investigators Awarded New CDC Funding to Study the Economic Burden of Metastatic Breast Cancer

Stephanie Wheeler and Justin Trogdon of the University of North Carolina were awarded CDC funding for SIP 17-004, Assessing the Lifetime Economic Burden in Younger, Midlife, and Older Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. The economic cost data produced by this study will help decision makers allocate scarce public health resources ...
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CPCRN-Related Presentations at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, December 4-6, 2017

A list of all CPCRN-related presentations at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health in Arlington, Virginia on December 4-6, 2017 can be found here ...
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Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Training Curriculum Updated

The Putting Public Health Evidence in Action training curriculum was updated in November 2017. This interactive training curriculum was created by the CPCRN to support community program planners and health educators in developing skills in using evidence-based approaches and learning about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions. The ...
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CPCRN Team from UPenn Network Center Presents at the Advancing the Science of Community-Engaged Research Conference, September 2017

A team of CPCRN members from the University of Pennsylvania network center presented a poster at the Advancing the Science of Community-Engaged Research Conference in Washington, D.C. in mid-September. The poster, titled “Community Scholars-in-Residence Program for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows: Hands-On Community-Engaged Research,” was the result of a collaborative effort ...
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CPCRN Members Present at the 4th Biennial Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Conference (SIRC 2017)

CPCRN principal investigator Jennifer Leeman, DrPH presented alongside Kathleen Knocke, MPH and Allison Myers, PhD, MPH at the 2017 SIRC conference in early September. They presented their work on "Adapting the Stages of Implementation Completion Measure as a Model for Health Policy Interventions" during the breakout session Connecting Research to Policy for Enhanced Implementation. The presentation, meticulously selected based ...
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University of Kentucky Pilot Project on HPV Vaccination Featured in The Kentucky Pharmacist

The Kentucky Pharmacist recently featured University of Kentucky's work “Increasing HPV Vaccination through Community Pharmacy Partnerships: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project”. link to article ...
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CPCRN Data Brief – Tobacco and Lung Cancer Screening in Federally Qualified Health Centers: A National Survey

While prevalence of tobacco use has declined over the past decade, rates have remained steady and have even increased among some socially and economically disadvantaged populations. Studies have also shown that lower-income cigarette smokers suffer from more diseases, such as lung cancer, than smokers with higher incomes. In August 2016, ...
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P30 HPV Supplement Grants Awarded to CPCRN Investigators at the University of Iowa and Oregon Health and Science University

University of Iowa and the The Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute have both been awarded P30 HPV Supplement Grants for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. Iowa’s year-long project will investigate HPV vaccination disparities in rural Iowa counties. They’ll conduct an environmental scan looking at community, clinic and organizational factors ...
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Beyond “Implementation Strategies”: Classifying the Full Range of Strategies Used in Implementation Science and Practice

Background: Strategies are central to the National Institutes of Health’s definition of implementation research as “the study of strategies to integrate evidence-based interventions into specific settings.” Multiple scholars have proposed lists of the strategies used in implementation research and practice, which they increasingly are classifying under the single term “implementation ...
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“Taking the Bull by the Horns”: Four Principles to Align Public Health, Primary Care, and Community Efforts to Improve Rural Cancer Control

To urban city dwellers, rural life can seem idyllic—a slower pace, easy-to-access outdoor recreation, and close ties to family, friends, and the community. What may not be as obvious is the extent to which persistent health disparities plague rural populations. For example, recurring evidence suggests that rural Americans face greater ...
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Funding Opportunities Aligned with Cancer Moonshot

In response to recommendations provided in the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) report, NCI established implementation teams to consider multiple ways to fund Cancer Moonshot-related research. These funding opportunities are now available. Open Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) can be found here. Closed Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) can be found here. Cancer Moonshot Funding Opportunities Resources℠ and ...
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Stephanie Wheeler, CPCRN Coordinating Center PI, Awarded UNC’s Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement

 Stephanie Wheeler, PhD,  associate professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public, has been awarded UNC’s Philip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Wheeler and three other awardees were recognized at the Sept. 8 meeting of the UNC-Chapel Hill ...
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Julia Alber Appointed Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Julia Alber, University of Pennsylvania Postdoc 2015-2017 who has worked with the Cervical Cancer Screening Working Group, has begun a new position as Assistant Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Alber will be teaching in the Department of Kinesiology.   Eleven new faculty and 15 new staff members joined the ...
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Karen Glanz Appointed to the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Karen Glanz was recently appointed to the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “Members of the AJPM editorial board perform myriad services for the journal including peer reviewing, recommending reviewers in their areas of expertise, serving as guest editors for supplements and themes, and acting as ambassadors for the journal ...
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CPCRN-Related Presentations at the CDC National Cancer Conference 2017

Several CPCRN workgroup projects and center projects were presented at the CDC Cancer Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on August 14-16, 2017.  Click the presentation title to view the presentation. A list of all CPCRN-related presentations can be found here. Partnering for Prevention: The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network’s Collaborations Research ...
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National HPV Vaccination Roundtable Pilot Project: Pharmacy-Located HPV Vaccination

CPCRN investigators from the University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, and Oregon Health & Science University collaborated on a National HPV Vaccination Roundtable pilot project to document the front-line experiences during the implementation of a planned pharmacy-clinic linkage protocol. This report describes the experiences across three states with diverse populations, settings, ...
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