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

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Coordinating Center is pleased to share the Winter 2021 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. 
 First Ever Virtual CPCRN Annual Meeting
Brings Together 115 Network Members,

January 21-22, 2021
Last month, 115 CPCRN members, affiliates, student scholars, and federal agency partners, representing institutions across the country, convened virtually at the CPCRN5 Year 2 Annual Meeting. Hosted by the CPCRN Coordinating Center located at UNC, the two-day event was held from January 21-22, 2021. During the event, attendees were briefed on Network progress, received cross-center Workgroup and Interest Group project updates, discussed the impact of COVID-19 on CPCRN, and engaged in group brainstorming sessions to identify future directions for the Network. Look for a few fun highlights from the meeting at the end of the newsletter.
Click here to view the full list of slides available for download, or
contact the Coordinating Center to request a session recording
Find CPCRN Experts Using the Network's
Newly Published Areas of Expertise Kumu Maps
During the previous CPCRN4 funding cycle and again at the start of CPCRN5 in 2019, the Coordinating Center administered a survey to Network members to gather information on their areas of expertise across three categories: 1) Content; 2) Settings/Partners; and 3) Research Strategies/Methods. Responses were used to create Kumu Network Map Diagrams – a tool to explore the vast web of expertise offered by CPCRN investigators. Users may search for specific people or areas of expertise, and may explore links in the web to identify connections among Network members.

Designed by Rebecca Williams, PhD, Chief Technology Officer and co-investigator of the UNC Coordinating Center, the CPCRN5 Kumu Network Map was introduced at the CPCRN Annual Meeting in January 2021 and reflects the current composition of CPCRN in Cycle 5.
NYU-CUNY Collaborating Center Investigators Produce a Collection of Peer-Reviewed Articles with a Focus on Prevention and Equity
From September to December 2020, Network investigators from the NYU-CUNY CPCRN Collaborating Center produced a collection of four articles, published across different peer-reviewed journals, with a common theme of preventive healthcare and equity promotion among immigrant communities in New York City. Learn more about this collection of articles below:
Applying a Population Health Equity Framework in the Clinical Setting-Incorporating Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health Into Estimations of Risk
JAMA Netw Open (Oct 2020)
CPCRN Author: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (PI) (sole author)
Chinese Immigrant Smokers' Access Barriers to Tobacco Cessation Services and Experience Using Social Media and Text Messaging
Tob Prev Cessat (Sep 2020)
CPCRN Authors: Lorna Thorpe, PhD, MPH (co-I), Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (PI), et al.
Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Disease Prevention in Asian Immigrant Populations
Prev Med (Dec 2020)
CPCRN Authors: Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH (co-I), Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (PI), Nadia Islam, PhD (co-I), et al.
Patient-Provider Communication Patterns Among Asian American Immigrant Subgroups in New York City
Patient Educ Couns (Oct 2020)
CPCRN Authors: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (PI), Simona Kwon, DrPH, MPH (co-I), et al.
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, co-PI of UNC, was appointed to the Science of Implementation in Health and Healthcare (SIHH) study section at the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR).  Learn More
Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN, co-I of USC, had an award named in her honor by the Children's Treehouse Foundation to recognize her work supporting children of parents/guardians with cancer.  Learn More
Antoinette Percy-Laurry, DrPH, MSPH, federal agency partner of the NCI, received an Outstanding Service Medal for her work in developing national cancer objectives for Healthy People 2030.  Learn More
Wynne Norton, PhD, federal agency partner of the NCI, received a 2020 NCI Director's Award for her commitment to developing a funding opportunity for Cancer Prevention and Control Clinical Trials.  Learn More
Co-authored by Sue Sabatino, Mary White, & Lisa Richardson, CDC federal agency partners, et al.
Co-authored by Sarah Birken, affiliate of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, et al.
Co-authored by Sue Sabatino, federal agency partner of the CDC, et al.
Co-authored by Betsy Risendal, PI & Linda Overholser, co-I of the Colorado SPH, et al.
Co-authored by David Chambers, federal agency partner of the NCI, and affiliates Melinda Davis of OHSU and Shoba Ramanadhan of Harvard, et al.
Co-authored by Rachel Hirschey, co-I, Mary Wangen, PD, and Jennifer Leeman & Stephanie Wheeler, PIs of UNC, et al.
Co-authored by Mary White, federal agency partner of the CDC, et al.
Co-authored by Betsy Risendal, PI & Kristin Kilbourn, co-I of the Colorado SPH, et al.
Co-authored by Whitney Zahnd & Jan Eberth, co-Is, and Cathryn Murphy, student of USC, and Heather Brandt, affiliate of St. Jude, et al.
J Geriatr Oncol (Feb 2021)
Sister papers, co-authored by Stephanie Wheeler, PI of the UNC Coordinating Center, et al.
A Lineberger Development Award was granted to investigators at UNC to fund a new initiative, titled "My Body My Test-4 Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Study." CPCRN PI of UNC, Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH will serve as co-PI. The researchers will test the impact of bundling mailed outreach of HPV self-testing kits with CRC screening FIT kits as compared to sending either kit on its own on test completion. CPCRN co-investigators include Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, PI of the UNC Coordinating Center.

CPCRN co-investigator, Purnima Madhivanan, PhD, MPH, MBBS of the University of Arizona, received a National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Catalyst research grant award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in the amount of $143,696 for her two-year study, titled “Yoga for Healthy Aging (YHA) Study: A Mind-Body Intervention to Reduce Multimorbidity In the Elderly.”

CPCRN faculty member, Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN of USC, received grant funding from the Oncology Nursing Foundation to address disparities in utilization of oral targeted therapies for treatment of lung, colorectal, and breast cancer among adults living in South Carolina. CPCRN co-investigators include Swann Arp-Adams, PhD, MS, FACE and Sue Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN of USC.
Nadia Islam, PhD, co-I of NYU-CUNY, was featured in an NBC News article detailing the disparities around Asian American health during the time of COVID-19.
Rima Afifi, PhD, MPH, co-I of U. Iowa, was featured in a UI CPH article, which tells about a new project aimed at understanding the unique challenges of "last responders" 
Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH, (PI) and Aaron Scherer, PhD (co-I) of U. Iowa were featured in an article by the University of Iowa College of Public Health for their work on vaccine hesitancy during the time of the pandemic.
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, PI of Emory, was featured in an Emory Rollins Public Health article for her work to advance the field of implementation science.
Purnima Madhivanan PhD, MPH, MBBS, co-I of UAz, was featured in a Bio5 Institute article about her global research experience and the importance of culture and community.
NYU's Stamp Out Cancer Brooklyn Initiative, involving various CPCRN investigators, was featured in a Craine's article detailing a new effort to provide health stats and medical counseling about cancer for communities of color.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement Opportunity to Study the Impact of COVID-19 on Global Cancer Prevention and Control
This Supplement is designed to support NCI-funded investigators who have existing relationships/partnerships in LMICs, inclusive of upper-middle-income countries, in conducting research on the pandemic's impact on cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. The first available due date is March 31, 2021. An informational webinar about this funding opportunity will be held on February 25, 2021 at 9AM ETClick here to join
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Understanding the Effects of Cancer and Cancer Treatment on Aging Trajectories and Aging Outcomes
The purpose of this NOSI, issued by the NCI and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), is to solicit investigator-initiated applications that aim to better understand the effects of a cancer diagnosis and subsequent cancer treatment on aging trajectories and aging outcomes. The first available due date for submissions is March 8, 2021.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplement Opportunity to Support Global Cancer Stigma Research
The goal of this administrative supplement is to: 1) elucidate the etiology and perpetuation of cancer stigma; 2) measure the impact of cancer stigma on physical and mental well-being and associated health behaviors of patients; 3) identify mechanisms and pathways by which stigma is a barrier to cancer prevention, treatment, palliation, and survivorship; and 4) develop interventions to reduce cancer stigma and improve cancer outcomes. Submissions must be received by May 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Tailoring Follow-up Care for Survivors Using Risk-Stratified Pathways
The purpose of this NOSI is to highlight the NCI's interest in  identifying important factors for defining risk-stratified survivorship care or developing/testing approaches to improve clinical management and outcomes for adult cancer survivors. Applications must focus on adult-onset cancer survivors, and on one or more domains of follow-up care: surveillance for recurrence/
subsequent cancers; surveillance/management of physical and psychological effects of cancer and treatment; and health promotion/prevention. This NOSI expires on February 5, 2023
Notice of Intent to Publish: Research Opportunity Announcements (ROAs): Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection (PASC) Initiative
The NIH plans to publish ROAs as part of its new PASC initiative, and will be soliciting proposals for research that will improve understanding of and contribute to strategies to prevent and treat post-acute manifestations of SARS-CoV-2 infection across the lifespan. Initial ROAs are expected to be published by mid-February 2021 and awards made in early March 2021.
Hosted by the NCI DCCPS, CPCRN federal agency partner Robin Vanderpool, DrPH will co-lead an upcoming webinar "Findings from an NCI RFI: Stakeholder Input on Scientific Gaps & Research Needs Related to Delivery of Cancer-Related Care via Telehealth" on March 4, 2021, from 1-2PM ET. Register
The 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium, "Navigating Cancer Disparities: Lessons Learned and How to Move Forward", will be hosted virtually by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, March 4-5, 2021.  Register
The Cedars Sinai Cancer Center and Stanford Cancer Institute will host the 2021 Cancer Center Community Impact Forum from April 28-30, 2021. This condensed miniseries will provide cancer researchers the opportunity to share expertise and network among peers.  Register
The 2021 Global Implementation Conference (GIC), one of the world’s leading events on implementation, will take place virtually on May 3-6, 2021. This year's theme is "Addressing Equity in Implementation. Register
Postdoctoral Fellow, Implementation Science (IS) Team, National Cancer Institute
The NCI's IS team invites applications from qualified candidates for a postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship.
Full-Time Faculty, Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Science, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Fred Hutch Cancer Prevention Program seeks a candidate in D&I science for a full-time faculty member at the Assistant/
Associate/Full Professor level.
Department Head, Health Policy & Management, University of Iowa
College of Public Health

The University of Iowa College of Public Health seeks a dedicated and experienced leader for the Head of the Department of Health Management and Policy (HMP).
The Visiting Scholars Program offers mid-career researchers a year-long, funded part-time opportunity to contribute evidence, and address cancer care challenges by conducting research and pursuing projects.
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (DEPH), Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The DEPH at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine invites applications for a full-time Professor of Cancer Epidemiology.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, OBGYN, UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
The UA College of Medicine at Phoenix Dept of OBGYN invites applicants to the position of postdoctoral research associate.
Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) Develops Resources to Support Patient Navigators During the Pandemic
Based out of the Colorado School of Public Health and led by CPCRN co-I Patricia Valverde, PhD, MPH, the Patient Navigator Training Collaborative (PNTC) is a training program designed for patient navigators, community health workers, care coordinators, and others working with clients to remove barriers to care. In an effort to address the unique challenges brought on by the pandemic, PNTC, in partnership with a variety of local organizations, collaborated to develop:
  • A training for Resource Coordinators who work with contact tracing teams to help connect those in isolation/quarantine to what they need;
  • A toolkit to help CHCs adapt the navigator role in new ways;
  • Webinars on timely topics (i.e reducing anxiety, ethics & stigma, health policy)
In addition, PNTC will continue to support patient navigators, care coordinators, and CHWs throughout 2021 with timely webinars and a variety of virtual course offerings. See the calendar for upcoming events.
NCI's Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences (DCCPS):
Overview and Highlights, FY 2020

The 2020 Overview and Highlights report focuses on implementation science (IS) and the critical role that it plays across the cancer control continuum. Download the report to learn about current DCCPS-involved IS activities, IS-related resources and tools, budding partnerships, Cancer Center supplements, and ways in which IS has uniquely informed health policy in 2020. Download the report for free to learn more about IS advancements in 2020 as well as future directions for reducing the burden of cancer through an IS lens.
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Share Public Health: Rural Health Series
On January 5, 2021, the University of Iowa College of Public Health (CPH) launched a Rural Health Series for the midwest-based podcast Share Public Health. Organized by CPCRN co-investigator Rima Afifi, PhD, MPH, the Series is a project involving multiple centers at the CPH. It will span ten weeks, during which guests share their perspectives and confront the reality of life, employment, and health in a rural environment. 
Learn More and subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts
HINTS 5, Cycle 4 Data Now Available,
February – June 2020

The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), administered by the NCI, routinely collects nationally representative data about the American public's behaviors surrounding cancer-related information. The newest public dataset, HINTS 5, Cycle 4 (2020), reflects data collected from February through June 2020 (N = 3,865), and is now available for download in various formats, compatible with SPSS, SAS, and STATA software programs.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine (NASEM): Workshop Proceedings on Cancer Screening Implementation

On March 2-3, 2020, the National Cancer Policy Forum hosted a workshop, Advancing Progress in the Development and Implementation of Effective, High-Quality Cancer Screening, held in Washington, D.C. A wide variety of experts convened at the event to examine the challenges and opportunities related to improving current approaches to cancer screening, as well as the evidence base for cancer screening methods. This prepublication covers presentations, discussions, and highlights from the event, and summarizes potential avenues through which to improve screening practices.
Fun Highlights from the CPCRN Annual Meeting
Congratulations to the Inaugural CPCRN Annual Meeting Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Winners!
Scavenger Hunt: First place (tie): Shoba Ramanadan (Harvard), Erika Trapl (CWRU), & Jan Eberth (USC); Second place: Antoinette Percy-Laurry (NCI) & Linda Overholser (Colorado SPH)
States Trivia: First place (tie): Jamie Studts (Colorado SPH) & James Hébert (USC)
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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