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

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Coordinating Center is pleased to share the Spring 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. 
CPCRN Exec Summary Stats
CPCRN5 Progress Report:
Executive Summary

9/30/19 to 9/29/20
CPCRN has made substantial impact in cancer prevention and control and dissemination and implementation (D&I) science in the past year, and across its history dating back to 2002. Our members continue to innovate, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to cancer prevention and control with local, state, and national partners, influencing everything from local clinic practices, to state cancer plans, to national organizations' practices and policies. 

During Year 1 (9/30/19–9/29/20) of the fifth funding cycle (CPCRN5), Network investigators produced 150 publications, delivered 110 presentations, and received $26.5 million in grant funding, among other impactful activities. Dating back to 2004, the Network's extensive history of over 1,940 publications, 2,060 presentations, and funded grants totaling just under $700 million in research dollars demonstrate just a few of the many ways the Network and its investigators’ continue to advance the D&I of evidence-based cancer prevention and control research.

To learn more about the cancer prevention and control research and D&I activities accomplished by CPCRN in the past year, as well as across the history of the Network:
Meet the CPCRN Scholars
Inaugural Cohort (2020-2021)

The CPCRN Scholars Workgroup is one of several new, cross-Center projects to have emerged since the start current funding cycle (CPCRN5), spanning from 2019-2024. Initially conceptualized at the CPCRN5 Kickoff Meeting in January 2020, investigators proposed the Workgroup project with two primary aims in mind: to create a network of CPCRN-affiliated cancer prevention and control professionals, mentored and trained in dissemination and implementation (D&I) science; and to build the capacity of the Scholars to conduct D&I research, or embed it into their practice. 
The inaugural Workgroup cohort features 20 CPCRN Scholars, guided by six CPCRN investigators serving as Program mentors. Each Scholar falls under one of three professional tracks
(undergrad grad / postdoc;
faculty / researcher; and
practitioner / clinician),
each of which is tailored to fit the unique interests and abilities of the Scholars that comprise them. 

Through a formalized process, the Workgroup seeks to increase the depth and breadth of the Scholars’ connectedness within CPCRNand applied D&I work in academic and clinical settings. This may be achieved by fulfilling a variety of Program components, including the completion of a D&I curriculum and readings, attendance at webinars and trainings, and completion of their own D&I projects.

Led by co-chairs, Daniela Friedman, PhD and Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES, PIs of the USC and Emory CPCRN Centers, respectively, and assisted by Sam Noblet, MPH, Project Director of the USC Center, the Workgroup will operate on annual cohort cycles, welcoming a new group of Scholars each fall, as those preceding them graduate to alumni status. The current, inaugural cohort will remain active until September 2021.
CPCRN Cancer & COVID-19 Interest Group Investigators Produce Sister Publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
CPCRN investigators from five Network Centers collaborated to produce a pair of complementary sister publications, aimed at identifying and addressing public health and clinical challenges under the COVID-19 pandemic. The papers, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, are products of the CPCRN Cancer & COVID-19 Interest Group, established to support members' shared interest in generating a cross-Center, interdisciplinary response to the growing impact of the pandemic. Led by co-chairs, Betsy Risendal, PhD and Cynthia Thomson, PhD, MS, RDN, PIs of the Colorado SPH and UAz CPCRN Centers, respectively, the Interest Group is comprised of 33 investigators, with Network representation from all eight CPCRN Collaborating Centers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) federal agency partners, and various affiliate institutions. 
Daniela Friedman
Daniela Friedman, PhD, USC co-PI, has been named editor for the Journal of Women & AgingLearn More
Purnima Madhivanan
Purnima Madhivanan, PhD, MPH, MBBS, UAz co-I, received the Maria Teresa Velez Outstanding Mentoring Award. Learn More
Stephanie Wheeler
Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, CPCRN Coordinating Center PI, received the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award for teaching, research, & service. Learn More
Dan Reuland
Dan Reuland, MD, MPH, UNC co-I, was selected to represent the School of Medicine as a member of the NC Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control (ACCCC).
Jennifer Leeman
Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, UNC co-PI, was promoted to the rank of full Professor in the UNC School of Nursing.
Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee, DrPH(c), MPH, NYU-CUNY co-I, accepted an offer to join the NYU Grossman School of Medicine as an Associate Research Scientist.
Meghan Skiba
Meghan Skiba, PhD, MS, RDN, previously a UAz co-I, accepted a postdoctoral fellowship offer at OHSU, where she will continue in the Network as an affiliate.
Jennifer Bea
Jennifer Bea, PhD, UAz co-I, joined the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Health Promotion Sciences.
Mary White and Susan Sabatino, Federal Agency Partners of the CDC, et al.
Whitney Zahnd, co-I of UIowa and Jan Eberth, co-I of USC, et al.
Natoshia Askelson, PI, Grace Ryan, student, and Susan McKernan & Aaron Scherer, co-Is of UIowa, et al.
Wynne Norton and David Chambers, Federal Agency Partners of the NCI, et al.
Robert Bednarczyk, co-I of Emory U., et al.
Purnima Madhivanan, co-I of UAz, et al.
Julie Kranick, Simona Kwon, and Nadia Islam, co-Is of NYU-CUNY, et al.
Richard Hoffman and Dan Reuland, co-Is of UIowa and UNC, respectively, et al.
Grace Ryan, student & Natoshia Askelson, PI of UIowa, and Paige Farris & Jackilen Shannon, affiliates of OHSU, et al.
Purnima Madhivanan and Scott Carvajal, co-Is of UAz, et al.
Betsy Risendal, PI and Jamie Studts, co-I of the Colorado SPH, et al.
Whitney Zahnd, co-I of UIowa and Jan Eberth, co-I of USC, et al.
Purnima Madhivanan, co-I of UAz, et al.
The Society for Public Health Education held its 2021 Digital Annual Conference (SOPHE2021dX) from April 6-9, 2021. CPCRN PI, Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES of Emory, delivered the Presidential Address: "Advancing Implementation Science with a Health Equity Perspective." Dr. Escoffery also presented alongside CPCRN co-PI, Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, and co-Project Director, Mary Wangen, MPH of UNC, to deliver the training: "Putting Public Health Evidence into Practice: Tools for Implementing and Adapting Evidence-Based Programs." Learn More
The 2021 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting was held April 20-23, 2021. CPCRN co-PI, Alison Brenner, PhD, MPH and co-I, Dan Reuland, MD, MPH of UNC, delivered an oral presentation detailing their findings around a lung cancer screening decision aid affect screening intent. Learn More
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) held its Rural Health Equity Conference virtually, May 4, 2021. CPCRN co-investigators, Whitney Zahnd, PhD of UIowa and Jan Eberth, PhD of USC, and affiliate, Donoria Evans, PhD, MPH of the ACS, presented on "Addressing Rural Disparities in Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans." Learn More
The trans-NIH virtual workshop, "Setting Priorities for Asian American and Pacific Islander Health Research" was held from March 30-April 1, 2021. CPCRN investigators from the NYU-CUNY Collaborating Center were featured on various panels: co-I, Nadia Islam, PhD spoke on the "Social, Cultural, & Psychological Determinants of Health" panel; and PI, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH on "Approaches to Engage Asian American and NHPI Populations in Research." Learn More
CPCRN co-I, Mary Charlton, PhD, MS of the University of Iowa, was awarded a grant from the NCI to fund research focused on a collaborative network intervention to improve cancer care quality in rural hospitals caring for rural, underserved patients. With Dr. Charlton serving as PI, and CPCRN affiliate, Sarah Birken, PhD, MSPH of the Wake Forest SOM as co-I, the team will apply state-of-the-science methods of adapting an EBI to promote its implementation and effectiveness in a new context. Learn More

CPCRN PI, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH of the NYU-CUNY Collaborating Center will co-lead one of ten research teams selected to receive NIH funding as part of Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities. NYC CEAL represents a coalition of academic, community, health, and government stakeholders committed to eliminating COVID-19 disparities and advancing health equity. Learn More
The Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) provides patient navigation and supports the use of evidence-based approaches in increasing preventive cancer screenings. In early 2021, the Program was refunded by the Colorado Cancer Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Disease grants program (CCPD) for two more years. CPCRN co-I, Andrea Dwyer, BS, and PI, Betsy Risendal, PhD, of the Colorado SPH serve as Program Director and Lead, respectively, and seek to focus continued efforts on addressing the gap in services related to elective procedure bans during the initial stages of COVID-19.
The NIH has awarded $2.9 million to a team of investigators from the University of Washington, led by CPCRN co-I, Allison Cole, MD, MPH serving in the role of PI, and CPCRN PI, Linda Ko, PhD, MPH to serve as co-I on the effort, among several other collaborators from the institution. The funding award will be distributed over the next five years to support the team in pursuing their proposed Rural Community Support for Colonoscopy study. Learn More
Researchers at UNC received $4.4 million in funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH to serve as the Coordinating Center for the Disparities Elimination through Coordinated Interventions to Prevent and Control Heart and Lung Disease Risk (DECIPHeR) Alliance. Among the co-Is is Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MPH, MDiv, CPCRN PI of the UNC Collaborating Center, who will contribute organizational and scientific support to identify and test implementation strategies that will effectively deliver EBIs to the most affected communities. Learn More
FOA (RFA-MD-21-004): Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
This initiative will support: 1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities; and 2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities.
The submission window will open on July 20, 2021 and close on August 25, 2021.

NOSI (NOT-CA-21-043): Telehealth in Cancer Care
The purpose of this Notice is to highlight the interest of the NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences in receiving investigator-initiated applications for conducting research on the use of telehealth in cancer-related care. This NOSI for R01 and R21 applications is a companion announcement to the FOA (RFA-CA-21-029A) titled “Centers on Telehealth Research and Cancer-Related Care.” The first available due date is June 5, 2021.
NOSI (NOT-CA-21-071): Expanding Cancer Control Research in Persistent Poverty Areas
The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants about the NCI's special interest in providing resources to support P01s that focus on programs that address the challenges and opportunities related to working in partnership with local clinics and other health or public health-related organizations to enhance the prevention of cancer and delivery of cancer care strategies to reduce the burden of cancer in PP areas. The first available due date is September 24, 2021.
RFI (NOT-CA-21-066): Seeking Stakeholder Input on Enhancing Cancer Health Disparities Research
The NCI is seeking information on enhancing progress on cancer health disparities research. This RFI is part of NCI’s Equity and Inclusion Program convened to identify opportunities and priorities in three areas: 1) Enhancing Cancer Health Disparities Research; 2) Diversifying the Cancer Research Workforce; and 3) Ensuring an Inclusive and Diverse Community at NCI. Responses will be accepted through June 25, 2021.
Nadia Islam, PhD, co-I of NYU-CUNY, was interviewed by WHYY, highlighting how poor reporting of Asian American COVID-19 data masked disparities in NYC. 
David O. Garcia, PhD, MS, co-I and CPCRN Scholar of UAz, was featured as a highlighted mentor in the UAz Cancer Center's STEP-UP Program newsletter. 
James Hébert, ScD, MSPH and Daniela Friedman, PhD, co-PIs of USC, were featured in an article by the Arnold School of Public Health, detailing their long-time involvement in CPCRN, and the significant impact they have had on local communities by bringing evidence-based programs and interventions to those who need them most to reduce cancer-related health disparities.
The 2021 Annual Research Meeting (ARM), hosted by AcademyHealth, will be held June 14-17, 2021. Attendees will convene virtually to connect, reflect, and learn through a series of networking opportunities around this year's theme, "Leading with evidence in a time of change."  Register
Save the Date! NCI's Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences will hold the third annual Consortium for Cancer Implementation Science (CCIS) working meeting, (formerly Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer) on October 6-7, 2021.  Stay tuned for registration details.
The second annual Colorado Pragmatic Research in Health Conference (COPRH Con) 2021 will take place virtually, May 24-26. The 3-day learning conference will offer two tracks to attendees: 1) D&I Science; and 2) Biostatistics & Data Science.  Register
Chair & Professor, Dept of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Science (BSHES), Rollins SPH, Emory University
The Rollins SPH announces a search for a new Chair of the BSHES Dept. Applicants should have: a record of academic teaching/
service; proof of external funding; dedication to faculty career development/student training; advocacy for community-engaged/
collaborative/methodological research.
Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Postdoc Fellowship Position, Outcomes Research Branch (ORB), Healthcare Delivery Research Program, NCI
The ORB of the NCI's Healthcare Delivery Research Program invites postdoctoral scientists to apply for a CRTA fellowship to develop skills and knowledge critical to becoming independent investigators.
Professor, Cancer Disparities Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a cancer disparities research agenda, with a particular focus on determinants of disparities due to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstance, and/or residence in rural communities.
The CSHP, a unit of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, is recruiting two faculty members with demonstrated ability to develop and lead a program of research that addresses critical and timely health systems, population health, and policy challenges.
Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
The UTHealth SPH's Center for Health Services Research invites applications to fill a tenured or tenure-track faculty position in the Management, Policy & Community Health Department.
The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute seeks community-engaged researchers to join its team of investigators with expertise in implementation science.
CDC Office of Minority Health & Health Equity– Resource Hub:
Racism and Health

As part of the CDC's commitment to addressing racism as an obstacle to health equity, the Office of Minority Health & Health Equity (OMHHE) has established a virtual resource hub, titled "Racism and Health." The web portal is designed to share about ongoing activities, promote a public discourse on how racism negatively affects health, and communicate potential solutions toward ensuring that every person has the opportunity to live a healthy life.
NCI Launches New Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC) OpenAccess Modules
The NCI's Implementation Science team, housed within the Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, has launched a new collection of OpenAccess online modules for their Training Institute for D&I Research in Cancer (TIDIRC). The free, virtual training materials consist of eight modules and a final assignment, designed to introduce fundamental terms, concepts, and principles of D&I research, along with examples of their application, and exercises to help participants advance their own project ideas. Various CPCRN members were involved in the development and delivery of these modules, including: Introduction to D&I Science, David Chambers, DPhil, MSc, federal agency partner of the NCI; IS Measures, Bryan Weiner, PhD, co-I of UW; and Implementation Strategies, Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MPH, MBBS, affiliate of UNM.
Visit the TIDIRC OpenAccess Website to learn more and explore the full list of training materials
American Cancer Society (ACS) Publishes New COVID-19 Resource,
2021 Messaging Guidebook: Effectively Messaging
Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In October 2020, the ACS developed a guide summarizing the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care, including a call for the health care community to engage persons seeking care in the resumption of screening through effective and trustworthy messaging.

The new 2021 Messaging Guidebook: Effectively Messaging Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic includes information on both old and new barriers to cancer screening, delivers updated findings on how the pandemic has impacted cancer care, and shares tested messages that will resonate throughout the pandemic. 
State Health Registry of Iowa Issues Report: Cancer in Iowa 2021
In February 2021, the State Health Registry of Iowa, also known as the Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR), issued the Cancer in Iowa 2021 report, co-authored by CPCRN PI, Natoshia Askelson, PhD, MPH, and co-I, Mary Charlton, PhD, MS, of the UIowa Collaborating Center, among others. The report highlights new cancer cases and deaths, cancer types by sex, number of cancer survivors, and a special section on cancer health disparities.
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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