CPCRN WORKGROUP & INTEREST GROUP PROJECTS

CPCRN members across Collaborating Centers and affiliate institutions regularly form cross-center projects to investigate areas of shared expertise within the Network. Expand and explore the Workgroups and Interest Groups accordions below to view complete listings of the Network’s current projects, as well Inactive Projects to learn about previous Network efforts. Though discontinued, these projects may be revived if renewed interest and resources become available.

The Network's current projects are broken down into two categories: Workgroups, which are comprised of investigators from two or more Centers who collaborate on a well-defined set of deliverables to meet goals around a common theme; and Interest Groups, which are semi-permanent collaborative efforts that dissolve once work is complete, or evolve to function as permanent Network entities, and are redefined as Workgroups.

Cancer & COVID-19 Interest Group (CPCRN5)

Purpose

UPDATE [1/5/21]: Formerly  participating as an Interest Group, the Cancer & COVID-19 project has since folded under the Cancer Survivorship Workgroup, effective 2022. For more information on previous work completed by the Cancer & COVID-19 Interest Group, please refer to the description below, or contact past Co-Chairs, Drs. Betsy Risendal (betsy.risendal@cuanschutz.edu) & Cynthia Thomson (cthomson@arizona.edu).

Investigators from the Cancer & COVID-19 Interest Group published two "sister" articles focused on identifying and addressing public health and clinical challenges under COVID-19:

  • "Addressing COVID-19 Using a Public Health Approach: Perspectives from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network." The authors provide recommendations, based on their collective experience in increasing the reach and impact of cancer prevention and control programs, for national response strategies to reduce the burden of COVID-19 and related disparities.
  • "Addressing Cancer Survivorship Care Under COVID-19: Perspectives from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network." The authors also address the potential for health disparities associated with COVID-19 to amplify health concerns, with a focus on cancer survivorship care and strategies for adapting to the pandemic and optimizing clinical outcomes

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Co-chairs

Betsy Risendal, Colorado School of Public Health
Cynthia Thomson, University of Arizona

Members

Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH
University of Iowa
Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH
University of Washington
Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Chambers, DPhil, MSc
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Allison Cole, MD, MPH
University of Washington
Andrea Dwyer, BS
Colorado School of Public Health
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
Emory University
Kim Flicker, MSHM, MBA
University of South Carolina
Victoria Foster, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Daniela Friedman, PhD, MSc
University of South Carolina
Heidi Haines, MS
University of Iowa
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH
University of South Carolina
Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of South Carolina
Sarah Kerch, MPH
Other Center
Kristin Kilbourn, PhD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Julie Kranick, MA, MPhil
New York University – City University of New York
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD
University of Arizona
Elaine H. Morrato, DrPH, MPH
Other Center
Linda Overholser, MD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Betsy Risendal, PhD
Colorado School of Public Health
Susan Sabatino, MD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN
University of Arizona
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Mary Wangen, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Arica White, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mary C. White, ScD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

iCollab Workgroup (CPCRN5)

Purpose

The goal of the CPCRN iCollab Workgroup is to create a cross-center implementation laboratory to study the use of both quality improvement (QI) practice and implementation science (IS) to improve cancer prevention and control.  We investigate implementation support strategies used in CPCRN projects that engage community and practice partners to implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) into routine practice.  Using case studies from Collaborating Centers, we describe how our Network is advancing: 1) best practices in implementation support across a variety of funding types, cancer programs, and settings; 2) an understanding of the mechanisms through which implementation support strategies impact outcomes; 3) approaches for better integrating QI practice and IS; and 4) health equity through engaging stakeholders in the implementation strategy development process.

For more information about the iCollab Workgroup, please contact Project Directors, Dr. Catherine Rohweder (rohweder@email.unc.edu) & Emily Bilenduke (emily.bilenduke@ucdenver.edu).

Co-chairs

Jennifer Leeman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Betsy Risendal, Colorado School of Public Health

Members

Hannah Arem, PhD
Other Center
Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH
University of Iowa
Emily Bilenduke, MA
Colorado School of Public Health
Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
David Chambers, DPhil, MSc
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Mary Charlton, PhD, MS
University of Iowa
Allison Cole, MD, MPH
University of Washington
Andrea Dwyer, BS
Colorado School of Public Health
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
Emory University
Heidi Haines, MS
University of Iowa
Soohyun Hwang, MPH, CHES
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Linda Ko, PhD, MPH, MS
University of Washington
Julie Kranick, MA, MPhil
New York University – City University of New York
Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Matthew Lee, DrPH, MPH
New York University – City University of New York
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH, CPH
University of Iowa
Victoria Ngo, PhD, MS
New York University – City University of New York
Wynne Norton, PhD
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Meghan O'Leary, PhD, MA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hiten Patel, MD, MPH
Other Center
Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD, MPH
Harvard University
Betsy Risendal, PhD
Colorado School of Public Health
Catherine Rohweder, DrPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Grace Ryan, PhD, MPH
Other Center
Randy Schwartz, MSPH
Other Center
Cynthia Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN
University of Arizona
Ben Urick, PhD, PharmD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Patricia Valverde, PhD, MPH
Colorado School of Public Health
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Mary Wangen, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Cancer Screening Navigation Workgroup (CPCRN4)

Purpose

There has not been a comprehensive assessment of patient navigators in NBCCEDP or CRCCP, especially with respect to cancer screening. Most of what we know is from the perspective of grantee program administrators. This workgroup aims to characterize patient navigators affiliated with program grantees, using a mixed-methods approach and disseminate findings to stakeholders, including to the CDC, grantees, and other researchers and practitioners.

Co-chairs

Wendy Barrington, University of Washington

Members

Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH
University of Iowa
Wendy Barrington, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
Amy DeGroff, PhD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sue Flocke, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Stephanie Melillo, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Erika Trapl, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

CDC Cancer Screening Programs (CPCRN4)

Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports two nationwide cancer screening programs, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP). The CPCRN has collaborated with CDC since 2010 to measure CRCCP grantees’ use of evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to promote colorectal cancer screening and evaluate program success.

Co-chairs

Peggy Hannon, University of Washington

Members

Swann A. Adams, PhD, MS, FACE
University of South Carolina
Melinda Davis, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Amy DeGroff, PhD, MPH
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH
University of South Carolina
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gila Neta, PhD, MPP
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
April Oh, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Jackilen Shannon, PhD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Arica White, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Cervical Cancer Screening Workgroup (CPCRN4)

Purpose

Recent studies indicate that adherence to new (2009, 2012) Cervical Cancer Screening guidelines is low and patients and providers are reluctant to lengthen screening intervals. This workgroup identifies and evaluates methods to increase implementation of new and emerging guidelines – at the patient, provider, practice/organizational and policy levels. Specific aims include evaluating approaches and methods de-escalation as well as increasing adherence to guidelines and examining the current state of practice and key determinants.

Co-chairs

Karen Glanz, University of Pennsylvania

Members

Heather Brandt, PhD, MSPH
Other Center
Karen Glanz, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Linda Ko, PhD, MPH, MS
University of Washington
Sarah Kobrin, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cathy Melvin, PhD
Other Center
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

HPV Vaccination Workgroup (CPCRN4)

Purpose

The goal of this workgroup is to contribute to the science and evidence-base supporting innovative community-clinical linkages to increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination initiation and completion among adolescents and young adults. Through applied prevention research, the HPV vaccination workgroup aims to accelerate the implementation of evidence-based cancer control through the systematic identification and dissemination of best practices, community/clinical stakeholders and vaccine champions, and community-clinical linkages needed to increase HPV vaccination rates among different populations in diverse settings.

Co-chairs

Members

Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH
University of Iowa
Heather Brandt, PhD, MSPH
Other Center
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Sue Flocke, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
Sarah Kobrin, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
April Oh, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Jodi Olson, MPH
Other Center
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Jackilen Shannon, PhD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
Lindsay Stradtman, MPH, CPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Implementing Evidence Into Action Workgroup (CPCRN4)

Purpose

Evidence-based interventions (EBIs) continue to be underused in community programs and practices. The purpose of this Workgroup is to develop, test, and refine training and technical assistance strategies with the goal of building community planners’ capacity to select, adapt, and implement evidence-based interventions. The training and technical assistance strategies will be tested with grantees of the Knight Cancer Institute’s Community Partnership Program, through which the Knight has made a 10-year commitment to provide $1 million annually for community-based cancer prevention in Oregon. Participating CPCRN centers also will have the opportunity to test the training and technical assistance strategies locally or in other cross-center projects.

Co-chairs

Jennifer Leeman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jackilen Shannon, Oregon Health & Science University

Members

Swann A. Adams, PhD, MS, FACE
University of South Carolina
Allison Cole, MD, MPH
University of Washington
Paige Farris, MSW
Oregon Health & Science University
Karen Glanz, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Peggy Hannon, PhD, MPH
University of Washington
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH
University of South Carolina
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wynne Norton, PhD
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
April Oh, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Cynthia Perry, PhD, FNP-BC
Oregon Health & Science University
Catherine Rohweder, DrPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jackilen Shannon, PhD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University
John Ureda, DrPH
University of South Carolina
Cynthia Vinson, PhD, MPA
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Thuy Vu, MPH
University of Washington
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Kerri Winters-Stone, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

Tobacco & Lung Cancer Screening Workgroup (CPCRN4)

Purpose

This cross-CPCRN Center initiative aims to understand barriers and facilitators faced by community health centers related to implementing both: 1) tobacco assessment and cessation assistance/referral (USPSTF grade A recommendation); and 2) low dose computed tomographic (LDCT) scan for lung cancer screening (the USPSTF grade B recommendation). The first step was to develop a survey to assess current practices, resources and potential barriers to these preventive services.

Co-chairs

Erika Trapl, Case Western Reserve University

Members

Jan Eberth, PhD, MSPH
Other Center
Sue Flocke, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University
Karen Glanz, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Christine Kava, PhD, MA
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Sarah Koopman Gonzalez, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Stephanie Land, PhD
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Tom Richards, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Aaron Scherer, PhD
University of Iowa
Erika Trapl, PhD
Case Western Reserve University
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC

2-1-1 Social Services Information and Referral System Workgroup (CPCRN3)

Purpose

Co-chairs

Kurt Ribisl, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Members

Kassandra Alcaraz, PhD
Washington University in Saint Louis
Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH
Washington University in Saint Louis
Becky Lee, MS, PMP
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC
Alexa Young, MPH
CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC