Welcome to the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Newsletter, Summer 2021 Edition

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Coordinating Center is pleased to share the Summer 2021 Edition of the CPCRN newsletter. Distributed quarterly, the CPCRN newsletter highlights the work and accomplishments of Network investigators, federal agency partners, and affiliates, as well as relevant events, opportunities, and resources, with an emphasis on cancer prevention and control.
Investigators Develop and Deliver New and Improved CPCRN Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Training
In a collaborative effort spanning multiple funding cycles, a team of CPCRN investigators, led by Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, PI of Emory University, Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, co-PI of UNC, and Mary Wangen, MPH, Project Director of UNC, have revised, revamped, and begun delivering a new installment of the interactive Putting Public Health Evidence in Action (PPHEIA) training curriculum. Originally published in November 2017, the newest edition features all of the most relevant background information, tools, and resources necessary to implement, and evaluate community health interventions independently and effectively.

Comprised of six modules, Drs. Escoffery, Leeman, and Ms. Wangen debuted the new Training as a webinar series, presented for the inaugural cohort of the CPCRN Scholars Program from March to May 2021. Approximately 60 attendees joined each session. In June, they presented an abbreviated version of the Training to approximately 70 grantees of CDC's Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).

Visit the CPCRN Website to learn more about the Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Training, and explore the complete list of curriculum resources, free to download.

CPCRN Scholars Workgroup Leaders Collaborate on an Article for the 
Journal of Cancer Education
Leaders of the CPCRN Scholars Workgroup collaborated to produce a new publication in the Journal of Cancer Education titled "Building Capacity in Implementation Science for Cancer Prevention and Control Through a Research Network Scholars Program." The paper, written by Workgroup co-chairs Daniela Friedman, PhD, co-PI of USC, and Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, PI of Emory University, and Workgroup member Sam Noblet, MPH, Project Director of USC, among other contributors, reflects on the impact of the new CPCRN Scholars Program, with a specific emphasis on capacity-building through implementation science. Continue Reading
The Network has announced its second annual call for CPCRN Scholars. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-'22 cohort, and must be submitted by Wednesday, September 8th.
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OTIS Workgroup Develops Collection of Abstraction Forms on
Implementation Science
Members of the CPCRN Organizational Theory for Implementation Science (OTIS) Workgroup collaborated to produce a collection of nine abstraction forms illustrating the application of organization theory to implementation science. Led by co-chairs Sarah Birken, PhD, MSPH, affiliate of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, PI of UNC, and Linda Ko, PhD, MPH, MS, PI of UW, investigators synthesized 70 constructs from nine organization theories with the objective of increasing implementation scientists’ access to a host of highly relevant yet heretofore untapped theories that have the potential to explain adoption, implementation, sustainability, and more.
Survivorship Workgroup Hosts Book Discussion
From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement
The CPCRN Cancer Survivorship Workgroup, co-chaired by Cyndi Thomson, PhD, PI of the University of Arizona, and Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-I of the University of South Carolina, hosted the first CPCRN-led book discussion around From Shadows to Life: A Biography of the Cancer Survivorship Movement with author Judith L. Pearson. The event was moderated by Julia Rowland, PhD, CPCRN affiliate member of the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and former Director of the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship. Held virtually on June 30, 2021, the event offered Network members and the survivorship community at-large an opportunity to reflect with Pearson on the birth, growth, and importance of the cancer survivorship movement.
Investigators Publish RHIhub Article on the Importance of Federal Agency Partnerships to Promote Rural-Focused Cancer Research
Co-investigators, Mary Charlton, PhD, MS (left) and Whitney Zahnd, PhD (right) of the University of Iowa CPCRN Collaborating Center, co-authored a new article for the Rural Monitor, an official publication of the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) focused on health care and population health among rural communities. The article, titled "Federal Agencies’ Investment in Rural Cancer Control Fosters Partnerships Between Researchers and Rural Communities" features an extensive list of local and national rural cancer control initiatives, complemented by anecdotes made by key stakeholders representing the respective efforts, to illustrate academic-rural partnerships' vast potential to advance research and reduce rural cancer burden when regarded as a priority among federal agencies, and offered support accordingly.
Betsy Risendal
Betsy Risendal, PhD, CPCRN PI of the Colorado School of Public Health, was promoted to Full Professor in the Dept. of Community & Behavioral Health.
David O. Garcia
David O. Garcia, PhD, MS, CPCRN co-I of the University of Arizona, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Dept. of Health Promotion Sciences.
Sarah Birken
Sarah Birken, PhD, CPCRN affiliate of the Wake Forest SOM, was invited to join the Editorial Board of the scientific journal, Implementation Science. Learn More
The CUNY SPH, of the NYU-CUNY CPCRN Collaborating Center, was honored with the ASPPH Award for Outstanding Community Service.
Learn More
Arica White, Federal Agency Partner of the CDC, et al.
Cancer Incidence Projections in the United States Between 2015 and 2050
Prev Chronic Dis (Jun 2021)
Hannah Weir & Mary C. White, Federal Agency Partners of the CDC, et al.
Census Tract Patterns and Contextual Social Determinants of Health Associated with COVID-19 in a Hispanic Population from South Texas
JMIR Public Health Surveill (Jun 2021)
Cici Bauer & Maria Fernandez, affiliates of UTHealth, et al.
Community-Engaged Approaches to Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Scoping Review
Front Glob Womens Health (Jul 2021)
Purnima Madhivanan, co-I of the University of Arizona, et al.
Development of a Multilevel Intervention to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Appalachia
Implement Sci Commun (May 2021)
Robin Vanderpool, Federal Agency Partner of the NCI, et al.
Health-Related Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer Survivors: Evaluating the Rural Disadvantage
J Rural Health (Mar 2021)
Aaron Seaman & Nitin Pagedar, co-Is of the University of Iowa, et al.
Meta Salud Diabetes for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Mexico: A Cluster-Randomized Behavioural Clinical Trial
Int J Epidemiol (Apr 2021)
Maia Ingram & Tomas Nuño, co-Is of the University of Arizona, et al.
Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control (OPTICC): Protocol for an Implementation Science Center
Implement Sci Commun (Apr 2021)
Peggy Hannon, co-PI, and Laura-Mae Baldwin & Bryan Weiner, co-Is of UW-Seattle, et al.
Patterns and Characteristics of Patients' Selection of Cancer Surgeons
Am J Surg (May 2021)
Natoshia Askelson, PI, and Natalie Del Vecchio & Mary Charlton, co-Is of the University of Iowa, et al.
Perceptions of Endocrine Therapy in African-American Breast Cancer Survivors: Mixed Methods Study
JMIR Form Res (Jun 2021)
Sue Heiney, co-I of the University of South Carolina, et al
Policy Implementation Science to Advance Population Health: The Potential for Learning Health Policy Systems
Front Public Health (Jun 2021)
April Oh & David Chambers, Federal Agency Partners of the NCI, et al.
Pragmatic Approaches to Analyzing Qualitative Data for Implementation Science: An Introduction
Implement Sci Commun (Jun 2021)
Shoba Ramanadhan, affiliate of Harvard University, et al.
Presentation, Management, and Prognosis of Primary Gastrointestinal Melanoma: A Population-Based Study
J Surg Res (Apr 2021)
Mary Charlton, co-I of the University of Iowa,
et al.
Projecting the Prevalence and Costs of Metastatic Breast Cancer from 2015 through 2030
JNCI Cancer Spectrum (Jul 2021)
Stephanie Wheeler, PI of the CPCRN Coordinating Center & Justin Trogdon, co-I of UNC-Chapel Hill, et al
Recommendations for Addressing Structural Racism in Implementation Science: A Call to the Field
Ethn Dis (May 2021)
Prajakta Adsul, affiliate of UNM & April Oh, Federal Agency Partner of the NCI, et al.
Qual Health Res (Mar 2021)
Christine Kava, co-I of UW-Seattle & Rima Afifi, co-I of the University of Iowa, et al.
Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the Colorectal Cancer Community: Barriers and Opportunities for Care
JCO (Jan 2021)
Andrea Dwyer, co-I of the Colorado School of Public Health, et al.
What is the Effect of a Decision Aid on Knowledge, Values and Preferences for Lung Cancer Screening? An Online Pre-Post Study
BMJ Open (Jul 2021)
Alison Brenner, co-PI & Dan Reuland, co-I of UNC-Chapel Hill, et al.
Jessica Islam, PhD, MPH, CPCRN Scholar of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, was honored as a 2021 Registry Research Grant recipient by Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation. Established to support research using data derived from the ASCO Registry, the Grant will provide one year of funding to support Dr. Islam's study to evaluate disparities in cancer care and treatment disruptions among cancer patients with COVID-19 in the U.S.  
Melissa Lopez-Pentecost, MS, CPCRN co-I of the University of Arizona, received an F31 service award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. This predoctoral training award will provide support for her study to conduct research that will inform a future dietary intervention aimed at reducing the burden of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a known risk factor for liver cancer among the Mexican-origin Hispanic population.  
Heidi Hamann, PhD, CPCRN co-investigator of the University of Arizona, was awarded a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to support her research study, titled "Ethnicity and Lung Cancer Survival: A Test of the Hispanic Sociocultural Hypothesis." In her role as co-PI on this effort, alongside UAz colleague, John Ruiz, PhD, Dr. Hamann seeks to understand the Hispanic Paradox in the context of lung cancer.  
The University of Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC) was awarded a one-year, $500,000 supplement by the CDC to support efforts to promote the COVID-19 vaccine among rural, border, and underserved AZ communities by informing strategies to enhance uptake. The effort is led by CPCRN co-investigators: Tomas Nuño, PhD, Supplement PI & AzPRC co-I; Maia Ingram, MPH, AzPRC co-Director; and Scott Carvajal, PhD, MPH, AzPRC co-PI, among others.

Call for Proposals to Support Development of Public Goods

The NCI's Implementation Science (IS) team, housed within the Division of Cancer ControlPopulation Sciences (DCCPS), has issued a call for proposals to support the development of publicly available tools and resources tmove IS in cancer forward, as well as expand the reach to individuals at organizations with limited funding.

The NCI is accepting applications for agreements from individuals interested in developing and delivering tools and resources related to one or more of the following: (1) community participation in IS; (2) technology and IS; (3) context and equity in IS; (4) implementation of complex/multilevel interventions; (5) policy and IS; (6) study designs in IS; (7) learning healthcare systems as natural laboratories; and (8) IS in global health. The deadline to apply is September 2, 2021 at 12PM ET

Learn More

Jan Eberth, PhD, co-I of USC, was featured on an episode of SCETV’s television series, Palmetto Perspectives. The discussion centered on health care disparities in SC during the pandemic.  Continue
Purnima Madhivanan
PhD, co-I of UAz, was featured in an article by the UAz CPH, highlighting her program to train community health workers in India in an effort to alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.  Continue
Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, PI of NYU-CUNY, was featured on the NIMHD Director's Seminar Series. Her talk was titled “Achieving Health Equity for Asian Americans: Research, Policy, & Action."  Continue
Tatiana Enriquez, co-I of UAz, was invited by ABC Network to take part in a project to promote the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. TV and other forms of media coverage will be aired nationally.  Continue
Save the date for a CPCRN Community Mini-Grants Lunch & Learn Panel, Monday, August 30th, 2021 at 12 PM ET. The event will be moderated by CPCRN PIsBetsy Risendal, PhD of the Colorado School of Public Health and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD of the CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC. Panelists include:

•  Cam Escoffery, Emory University
•  Cyndi Thomson, University of Arizona
•  James Hébert, University of South Carolina
•  Jackie Shannon, Oregon Health
& Science
All are welcome to attend! For those outside of CPCRN, please register here
Details for joining the event will be sent via email upon registering.
The NCI Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS) will host the 3rd annual Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS) (formerly ISCC), October 6-7, 2021. The theme is lessons learned in IS from COVID-19 and moving forward from the pandemic. Register
NIH and AcademyHealth will host the 14th Annual Conference on the Science of D&I in Health, December 14-16, 2021, guided by the theme: Broadening Horizons for Impact: Incorporating Multisectoral Approaches into D&I Science. Registration details to come.
The NCI will host a Cancer Epidemiology in Hispanic Populations Workshop, September 14-16, 2021. The event, held online, will consider the challenges, identify opportunities, and develop ideas for increasing Hispanic representation in cancer epidemiological studies. Register
Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Scientist (Open Rank), University of Colorado School of Medicine
The University of Colorado School of Medicine (Denver–Anschutz Medical Campus) seeks an experienced D&I Scientist (associate level preferred) to collaborate with and help lead an active and growing D&I research, training, and consultation program. 
Program Coordinators (2), HPV Cancer Prevention Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude seeks to fill two Program Coordinator positions in the HPV Cancer Prevention Program. Individuals who understand and share the objectives of the organization and the impetus for the newly created Program focused on improving HPV vaccination uptake are encouraged to apply.
Assistant/Associate Professor, Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention, Harvard School of Public Health
The Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan SPH is seeking applications for up to two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. These will be dry lab positions and rank will be contingent on experience.
Postdoctoral Fellows, Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control, Washington University (WU-ISC3)
WU-ISC3 is seeking applications for postdoctoral fellowships. Current openings address methods development and applications in implementation science (IS). Eligible applicants should have a particular interest in IS research focused on cancer prevention and control.
CDC's Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Network Launches Newsletter:
Prevention Research Matters
The Prevention Research Centers (PRC) Network, CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases, has announced the official launch of their newsletter, titled Prevention Research Matters. Each issue provides subscribers with the latest updates from the Program, and highlights activities happening within and across the Network.

The CPCRN is a Thematic Research Network, currently comprised of eight PRCs with a shared interest in reducing the burden of cancer. Known to CPCRN as Collaborating Centers, PRCs include the Colorado School of Public Health, Emory University, New York University – City University of New York, University of Arizona, University of Iowa, University of South Carolina, University of Washington, and University of North Carolina.
To subscribe, click here and search
"Prevention Research Centers"
Patient Navigator Training Collaborative Offers Online Course on
Motivational Interviewing for COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy
The Patient Navigator Training Collaborative, housed at the Colorado School of Public Health, offers a free, self-paced online course on Motivational Interviewing (MI) for COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy. This course targets community health workers, lay health workers, health educators, and patient navigators, and covers the strategic use of MI and other communication skills when working with patients who are vaccine hesitant.
University of Pennsylvania PRC Develops Set of
Toolkits for Skin Cancer Prevention
Investigators at the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center (UPenn PRC), led by CPCRN affiliate, Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, have developed a collection of toolkits focused on skin cancer prevention through the reduction of UV exposure. The first toolkit to provide insight into why young women indoor tan, and includes tools to help them quit. The second toolkit offers tools to promote protection from harmful UV rays and reduce skin cancer risk.
U.S. Cancer Statistics 2018 Data Now Available
CDC's U.S. Cancer Statistics (USCS), the official federal source of cancer information for the U.S. population, is now complete with data through 2018. Additional updates to associated instruments and resources include the Data Visualizations Tool, with a new look and enhanced navigation, and the Public Use Databases, with cancer incidence data for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
This newsletter is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS (Cooperative Agreement Number U48 DP006400). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.
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