Welcome to the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Newsletter, Fall 2020

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Coordinating Center is pleased to share the Fall 2020 Edition of the CPCRN newsletter. Distributed quarterly, this newsletter highlights the work and accomplishments of network investigators, federal agency partners, and affiliates, as well as upcoming opportunities and events, with an emphasis on cancer prevention and control.  

The CPCRN is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. The CPCRN is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs), which is CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases. Currently-funded CPCRN centers are located at the Colorado School of Public Health, Emory University, New York University-CUNY, University of Arizona, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, and University of Washington. 
In September 2020, the CPCRN Coordinating Center launched a three-month social media campaign to highlight CPCRN5 centers, their investigators, cross-center collaborations, and center-specific, core projects carried out locally. The "Meet Our Centers" campaign featured interview responses from a wide variety of investigators, each sharing about their Center's unique contributions to the field of cancer prevention and control and implementation science. Interview responses were published to the CPCRN News site and were disseminated more broadly in a series of social media posts via the official CPCRN Twitter and Facebook pages. Full interviews with CPCRN Centers are available at the links below:

Check out CPCRN on Twitter & Facebook to see social media posts from the campaign and more.
CPCRN Impact Highlighted in
Final CPCRN4 (2014-2019)
Funding Cycle Report

Throughout the last funding cycle (CPCRN4) and across the history of the Network, CPCRN has made substantial impact in cancer prevention and control and dissemination and implementation (D&I) science. Since 2002, the Network has been focused on innovating, developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based approaches to cancer prevention and control.

During the five-year CPCRN4 funding cycle, Network investigators produced nearly 500 publications, delivered 440 presentations, and received $150 million in grant funding, among other impactful activities. Dating back to 2004, the Network has produced a total of 1,800 publications, 2,000 presentations, and secured $670 million in grant funding. The CPCRN Progress Report Executive Summary demonstrates the impact of the work accomplished by CPCRN members during CPCRN4 and summarizes the research and D&I activities accomplished by collaborating centers, cross-center Workgroups, and the Coordinating Center throughout CPCRN4 and across the Network's history.

Health Behaviors Workgroup Approved by the CPCRN Steering Committee
During the October 2020 CPCRN Steering Committee meeting, the CPCRN Health Behaviors Workgroup presented their workgroup charter and received formal approval to move forward as an official CPCRN Workgroup. The purpose of the Health Behaviors Workgroup is to examine and characterize the complex relationships between the social determinants of health, individual-level determinants, and cancer. The Workgroup is particularly interested in how structural factors (e.g. healthcare access, institutional racism, neighborhood context) influence health behaviors (e.g. tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition) and cancer outcomes. Led by CPCRN co-investigator Christine Kava, PhD of the University of Washington as Workgroup Chair, the work of the Health Behaviors Workgroup will inform the design of strategies and interventions to mitigate the health impacts of cancer.

Hosted by the NCI Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS), the Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC) 2020 was held virtually on September 22-23, 2020. The event featured a variety of presentations and discussion sessions by CPCRN members, whose expertise was sought to inform discussions focused on short-term and long-term cancer control priorities, challenges & opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, synergies & gaps in the IS space across NCI-funded initiatives, and discussion on infrastructures for cross collaboration. 

A list of all CPCRN-involved activities from ISCC 2020 is available here

CPCRN-Related Posters and Presentations at the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health

Co-hosted by AcademyHealth and the Implementation Science team of NCI's Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, the 13th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) in Health will convene virtually from December 15-17, 2020. Guided by the theme, D&I Science in a Dynamic, Diverse, and Interconnected World: Meeting the Urgent Challenges of Our Time, CPCRN presenters will help bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy by addressing the challenges facing D&I science, presenting research findings, and identifying the next set of research priorities across their 39 presentations and posters. Register online today!
A complete list of CPCRN-involved posters and presentations is available here
Five Manuscript Collection Themed Around "Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake in Federally Qualified Health Centers" Published by CDC Partners
A collection of five manuscripts titled “Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake in Federally Qualified Health Centers” was published in Health Promotion Practice, featuring CDC federal agency partners Florence Tangka, PhD as collection lead, and Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH and Amy DeGroff, PhD, MPH as co-authors, among others unaffiliated with CPCRN. More information on the collection, including the five manuscripts, can be found here.
Co-authored by Swann Arp AdamsDaniela Friedman, co-I and PI of the University of South Carolina, respectively, and Heather Brandt, affiliate of St. Jude, among others
Co-authored by Stephanie Wheeler, PI of the UNC Coordinating Center, and Ben Urick & Justin Trogdon, co-Is of the University of North Carolina, among others
Co-authored by Shannon Watkins, co-I of the University of Iowa
Co-authored by Gila Neta, federal agency partner of the NCI
Co-authored by Daniela Friedman, PI, Sam Noblet, Project Director, & Venice Haynes, co-I of the University of South Carolina, and Heather Brandt, affiliate of St. Jude, among others
Co-authored by Natoshia Askelson, PI, Heidi Haines, Project Director, and Nicole Novak, Barbara Baquero, & Rima Afifi, co-Is of the University of Iowa, among others
Co-authored by Cam Escoffery and Robert Bednarczyk, PI and co-I of of Emory University, respectively, among others
Co-authored by Tracy Crane, Meghan Skiba, & David Garcia, co-Is, and Cyndi Thomson, PI of the University of Arizona, among others
Am J Public Health (Sep 2020)
Co-authored by Whitney Zahnd and Jan Eberth, co-Is of the University of South Carolina, among others
Co-authored by Robin Vanderpool, federal agency partner of the NCI
Co-authored by Chau Trinh-Shevrin & Simona Kwon, PI and co-I of New York University-CUNY, respectively, among others
Co-authored by Jennifer Leeman & Victoria Petermann, PI and co-I of the University of North Carolina, respectively, among others
Co-authored by Whitney Zahnd, Swann Arp Adams, & Jan Eberth, co-Is of the University of South Carolina, and Heather Brandt, affiliate of St. Jude, among others
Co-authored by Sarah Birken, affiliate of Wake Forest University, and David Chambers, federal agency partner of the NCI, among others
Co-authored by Rachel Hirschey and Deborah Mayer, co-Is of the University of North Carolina, among others
Co-authored by Whitney Zahnd & Jan Eberth, co-Is of the University of South Carolina, and Heather Brandt, affiliate of St. Jude, among others
Co-authored by Michelle Kegler, co-I of Emory University
Colorado Learning Collaborative on Lung Cancer Screening

CPCRN PI Betsy Risendal, PhD and co-investigator Jamie Studts, PhD of the Colorado School of Public Health participated in a planning committee to launch the inaugural Colorado Learning Collaborative on Lung Cancer Screening Webinar Series, hosted by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Dr. Risendal presented data addressing the statewide implementation of screening in CO, and Dr. Studts presented on lung cancer stigma and outreach to rural communities. He will also serve on the lung cancer screening panel on November 13th. The series runs each Friday from 10-11 AM ET until November 20, 2020.

Register for the remainder of this series here
UNC Lineberger's Cancer Outcomes Research Program Seminar Series

On September 1, 2020, CPCRN PI Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv of the University of North Carolina delivered a virtual presentation as part of UNC Lineberger's Cancer Outcomes Research Program ("Outcomes@Lineberger") Seminar Series, organized by CPCRN PI, Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH of the UNC Coordinating Center and UNC colleagues. Dr. Leeman's presentation, titled "Implementation Research to Scale-Up Complex Interventions" described research to implement and scale-up a healthy lifestyle intervention and lessons learned across multiple studies of intervention scale-up.

Watch the full presentation here
CPCRN PI, Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RDN, FTOS of the University of Arizona, was named Interim Associate Director for Population Science at the UA Cancer Center
CPCRN co-investigator, Jan Eberth, PhD of the University of South Carolina, was appointed to lead the American College of Epidemiology (ACE)
CPCRN co-investigator, Mary Charlton, PhD, MS of the University of Iowa, was appointed to the role of PI and Director of the Iowa Cancer Registry
CPCRN affiliate, Melissa Mazor, PhD, MS, RN of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was selected to co-lead the Community Outreach and Engagement Core at the Tisch Cancer Institute
CPCRN affiliate, Heather Brandt, PhD, MSPH of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, was selected to serve as director of the new HPV Cancer Prevention Program, launched in summer 2020
Whitney Zahnd, PhD, CPCRN co-investigator of the University of South Carolina, was selected for the National Rural Health Association's 2021 Rural Health Fellows Program
CPCRN Project Director Rosi Vogel, BBA/MBA and co-investigator David O. Garcia, PhD, FACSM of the University of Arizona joined the American Cancer Society's Latinos Contra el Cáncer – AZ Board as Research Co-Chairs.  Continue Reading

Dr. Garcia was also featured on the list of the top 100 most inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists in the U.S. by publisher Cell Press.   Continue Reading
The Consortium for Implementation Science, a joint endeavor of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International, will host a virtual forum: Harnessing Implementation Science to Promote Health Equity. The event, scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 1-3 PM ET, will focus on the use of implementation science research frameworks and methods for identifying what works to redress health inequities.
Co-sponsored by NIH centers, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the 2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19 will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 1-5 PM ET. This free, one-day event will take place virtually and will explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.
In the interest of learning more about gaps & unmet needs for performing health economics research focused on cancer, barriers & challenges to conducting cancer health economics research, and potential activities to support & enhance this field, NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Science (DCCPS) will host the Future of Cancer Health Economics Research Conference from December 2-3, 2020. As part of the Interagency Consortium to Promote Health Economics Research on Cancer (HEROiC), this conference will be free and open to the public.  

CPCRN co-investigator, Allison Cole, MD of the University of Washington, will serve as PI on a grant awarded to the Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences, & Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center to assess COVID-19 impacts on health behaviors of cancer patients & survivors. 

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CPCRN co-investigator, Swann Arp Adams, PhD, MS, FACE of the University of South Carolina, received an internal funding award from the USC Big Data Health Science Center (BDHSC) Pilot Project Program to support her project, "An Investigation of Racial and Geospatial Disparities in the Utilization, Adherence, and Economic Cost to Targeted Therapies for Breast Cancer".

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CPCRN PI, Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH of the CPCRN Coordinating Center at UNC, and affiliate, Sarah Birken, PhD, MSPH of Wake Forest University, will serve as PIs on two individual NCI-funded P30 Cancer Support Grants (CCSG) awarded to investigator teams at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC), respectively. The grantees have partnered to support research related to financial hardship amongst cancer patients.
The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health's Rural and Minority Health Research Center, of which CPCRN co-investigator, Jan Eberth, PhD of USC is co-PI, was awarded funding from HRSA to support the Center for another four years.
CPCRN co-investigator Kate Yeager, PhD, RN, FAAN of Emory University received the Woodruff Health Sciences Center's Synergy Award for her work on oral anticancer therapy adherence in breast cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic.
CPCRN PI, Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv and Project Director, Catherine Rohweder, DrPH of the University of North Carolina, are sub-contracting with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to support the development of a CDC-funded Cancer Screening Change Package (CSCP).

Dr. Leeman is also currently serving as co-investigator on a research team that was awarded the Coordinating Center grant for the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) Network.
The NYU-CUNY CPCRN collaborating center received two NCI P30 Cancer Center Support grants this past quarter:

The first, "Focus on Obesity Reduction and Tools for Immigrant Families and Youth (FORTIFY) Project" will identify feasible and sustainable ways to improve lifestyle behaviors in Mexican and Chinese youth. The second, the "Vaccine Acceptance in Immigrant Youth and Adolescents (VAIYA) Study" will identify the multi-level system of factors that contribute to HPV vaccine hesitancy in limited English proficient communities in southwest Brooklyn

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Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, NCI
The NCI is seeking an innovative leader to serve as the Director for the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). The leadership position reports directly to the NCI Director and provides executive scientific expertise and overall scientific administration to the operations and support of the research and operations of the DCCPS. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM ET on December 31, 2020Learn More
Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE), Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, NCI 
The new Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program supports mentored research experiences for qualified students and scientists. iCURE is an extension of the highly successful NCI CRCHD Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program which helps support the career progress of its scholars toward research independence, as well as fosters and sustains diversity in the biomedical research pipeline. Application for research experiences beginning in September 2021 are due by December 20, 2020Learn More
Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Post-Doctoral Fellow, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, NCI
The Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB) is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Post-doctoral Fellowship position. The CRTA fellow will function as a member of the branch and work on projects directly related to HCIRB research priorities. Specific areas of research may include cancer communication surveillance, social media, health misinformation, data mining, health literacy, health informatics, and mixed methods approaches to health communication research. This position will remain open until filled (check current listings here). Learn More
Program Director – Health Behaviors Research Branch, NCI
The Behavioral Research Program (BRP), within the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, welcomes letters of interest from researchers to serve as Program Director/Health Scientist Administrator in the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB). This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy. Letters of interest may be submitted to accompanied by a CV and two representative publications. A formal position announcement will be posted on, and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered. Learn More
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mongan Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
The Mongan Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital seeks a two-year implementation research postdoctoral fellow. This position will focus on implementation research related to services for adults with complex needs (physical and mental health conditions) with specific attention to addressing health disparities and advancing health equity. Applications are now being accepted and will be considered until the position is filledLearn More
NCI FOA: Social and Behavioral Intervention Research to Address Modifiable Risk Factors for Cancer in Rural Populations
Applications are invited to develop, adapt, and test individual-, community- or multilevel interventions to address modifiable risk factors for cancer in rural populations. This FOA encourages IS research, to incorporate cancer control interventions in a coordinated way, into broader, sustainable health programs designed to reach rural populations and allow local customization and adaptation. Due March 15, 2021, 5:00 PM local time. Learn More
CDC Foundation Pilot Project: Supporting Community Organizations to Strengthen Vaccine Confidence
The CDC Foundation (CDCF) is an independent, nonprofit organization created by Congress to support the CDC with philanthropic and private-sector resources. For this project, the organization will fund up to six community-based organizations to increase confidence in vaccines among groups at-risk for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. CDCF intends to make awards between the range of $31,541-$35,000 per funded project. Due November 16, 2020.
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In October 2020, the City Health Dashboard, in partnership with the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), released demographic density maps and tables for over 750 cities across the US. These maps include every US city with a population of 50,000 or greater. These data put racial/ethnic minority populations on the map, empowering community stakeholders and policymakers to identify and intervene in places with substantial minority populations, among other uses. These maps can be found here.
Healthy People 2030
The Healthy People initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of the nation. Since 1980, Healthy People has set measurable goals to improve the health and well-being of people nationwide. The initiative’s fifth iteration, Healthy People 2030, addresses the latest public health priorities and challenges including a cancer objective to "reduce new cases of cancer and cancer-related illness, disability, and death," with an emphasis on promoting cancer screening and prevention strategies.
Preventing Chronic Disease Supplement:
US Public Health Response to COVID-19 and Chronic Disease
Preventing Chronic Disease, the official journal of the CDC, has published a special COVID-19 supplement, complete with 16 expert commentaries focused on the bidirectional relationship between chronic disease and COVID-19.
In August 2020, the NCI released their Annual Plan and Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2022. With a continued focus on accelerating cancer research as a top priority, the Plan features four primary scientific opportunities: cancer drug resistance; molecular diagnostics for cancer treatment; obesity and cancer; and cancer survivorship.
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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