Welcome to the Inaugural Edition of the
Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Newsletter

The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (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 are CDC’s flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases. CPCRN centers are located at Case Western Reserve University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina, and University of Washington.
       NEWS HIGHLIGHTS       
Research recently published from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified strategies and resources that can be successful in creating health policy to counteract tobacco point of sale (POS) marketing and be used in other public health arenas.  The article appeared in the journal Translational and Behavioral Medicine in September. Continue Reading
Tobacco and Lung Cancer Screening Workgroup
November is Lung Cancer Awareness month. The CPCRN's Tobacco and Lung Cancer Screening Workgroup conducted a national survey of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to better understand their tobacco cessation and lung cancer screening practices. The data brief was published in July 2017. Click here to learn more.

Natoshia Askelson Appointed Principal Investigator of the University of Iowa CPCRN Collaborating Center

Natoshia Askelson was recently appointed as the Principal Investigator of the University of Iowa CPCRN collaborating center. The University of Iowa collaborates with other CPCRN centers to investigate areas of research interest, including initiatives to increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates and colorectal cancer screening rates. Continue Reading
CPCRN Steering Committee Co-Chair Transition
Kerri Winters-Stone from Oregon Health & Science University and Natoshia Askelson from the University of Iowa will serve as CPCRN Steering Committee co-chairs during Year 4 of the grant cycle (9/30/17-9/29/18). Thank you to Karen Glanz from the University of Pennsylvania and Peggy Hannon from the University of Washington for their leadership as co-chairs during Year 3. 
Putting Public Health Evidence in Action Training Curriculum Updated

The Putting Public Health Evidence in Action training curriculum was updated recently. This interactive training curriculum was created by the CPCRN to support community program planners and health educators in developing skills in using evidence-based approaches and learning about new tools for planning and evaluating community health interventions.
Increasing Routine Cancer Screening Among Underserved Populations Through Effective Communication Strategies: Application of a Health Literacy Framework. Journal of Cancer Education.

Article by CPCRN affiliate Alicia Best of University of South Florida and Daniela Friedman of University of South Carolina et al.
"...Employing communication strategies across this health literacy framework has the potential to facilitate improved decision making and cancer screening outcomes among the most underserved populations."  
Increasing HPV Vaccination through Community Pharmacy Partnerships: Lessons Learned from a Pilot Project. The Kentucky Pharmacist.

Article by University of Kentucky investigator Robin Vanderpool and co-authors Meagan Pilar, Jennifer Barker, and Patricia R. Freeman
"...The primary goal was to increase HPV vaccine initiation and completion rates through the implementation and evaluation of a pharmacy-based vaccination program."   
“Taking the Bull by the Horns”: Four Principles to Align Public Health, Primary Care, and Community Efforts to Improve Rural Cancer Control. The Journal of Rural Health. 

Article by Stephanie Wheeler of the University of North Carolina and Melinda Davis of Oregon Health & Science University
"...In this commentary, we summarize current trends in cancer prevention and control in rural areas and argue that 4 key considerations are needed when working in rural settings to address cancer disparities."  
Beyond "Implementation Strategies": Classifying the Full Range of Strategies Used in Implementation Science and Practice. Implementation Science. 

Article by University of North Carolina network members Jennifer Leeman, Sarah Birken, Catherine Rohweder, et al. 
"...We contend that classifying all strategies under a single term leads to confusion, impedes synthesis across studies, and limits advancement of the full range of strategies of importance to implementation."
CPCRN members will present research at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health in Arlington, Virginia on December 4-6, 2017. For example, the CPCRN FQHC Workgroup will present a poster titled "How Federally Qualified Health Centers Select and Implement Multi-level Evidence Based Interventions to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Qualitative Study". To see a complete of list of D&I Conference presentations co-authored by CPCRN members, click here.
CPCRN members presented research at the CDC Cancer Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 14-16, 2017. For example, Peggy Hannon, principal investigator of the University of Washington CPCRN center, gave a podium talk on "Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance of Evidence-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening Interventions among CRCCP Grantees". To view all CPCRN-related presentations from the conference, click here.

University of Iowa and the the Oregon Health and Science University Knight Cancer Institute have both been awarded P30 Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Supplement Grants for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers.

Iowa’s year-long project will investigate HPV vaccination disparities in rural Iowa counties. They will conduct an environmental scan looking at community, clinic and organizational factors related to uptake of the HPV vaccine in rural areas. Rural counties with large discrepancies between the rates of HPV vaccination and rates of adolescents who are up-to-date on other vaccinations (Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, MMR, Tdap/Td, and Varicella) will be a priority in the scan. Research team members include CPCRN members Natoshia Askelson and Laura Seegmiller.

OHSU’s catchment area is inclusive of the state of Oregon; a largely rural state with approximately 36% of residents living in areas designated as rural or frontier. They will conduct environmental scans – collecting data from each level on the socioecological model – in seven rural counties that reflect dyads or triads of geographically similar counties and which have very divergent HPV immunization coverage. By scanning areas of both highest and lowest uptake, they’ll identify both barriers and facilitators to full vaccination among adolescents and ideally approaches to improvement that may be most easily shared across rural regions. Research team members include CPCRN members Jackilen Shannon, Paige Farris and Advisory Team members Michelle Berlin and Robin Vanderpool.

University of North Carolina Investigators Awarded New CDC Funding to Study the Economic Burden of Metastatic Breast Cancer 

Stephanie Wheeler and Justin Trogdon of the University of North Carolina were awarded CDC funding for SIP 17-004, Assessing the Lifetime Economic Burden in Younger, Midlife, and Older Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer. The economic cost data produced by this study will help decision makers allocate scarce public health resources more effectively for the prevention and treatment of mestastics breast cancer (mBC). For example, the cost projections can highlight cost drivers for women with mBC and motivate population-level prevention, early detection, and timely treatment activities. This study will also identify cost-effective treatment pathways to improve quantity and quality of life among women of all ages with mBC to ensure that women with mBC receive high-quality care while minimizing the economic impact on patients and payers. In addition, findings can be used to support value-based pathway driven treatment decisions and inform policymaking.
Funding Opportunities Aligned with Cancer Moonshot 
In response to recommendations provided in the Blue Ribbon Panel (BRP) report, NCI established implementation teams to consider multiple ways to fund Cancer Moonshot-related research. These funding opportunities are now available.

Click here for more information on Cancer Moonshot Funding Opportunities
Karen Glanz Appointed to The Editorial Board for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Julia Alber Appointed Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Kurt Ribisl Named Chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Health Behavior 
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Stephanie Wheeler Awarded UNC's Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement
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Tenured/Tenure Track Position at the University of North Carolina
The Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is recruiting highly qualified candidates with research interest in cancer for an open rank, tenured/tenure track position in decision science, organization and implementation science, or health policy and politics. Continue reading

Faculty Position at The University of Texas School of Public Health
The University of Texas School of Public Health seeks a faculty member who engages in domestic health outcomes research, preferably with expertise in large claims dataset. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina
Principal investigators Noel Brewer and Melissa Gilkey are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join two CDC-funded research studies to increase HPV vaccination in primary care settings. Continue reading

Research Scientist at the University of Washington
The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) at the University of Washington has an opening for a full-time Research Scientist, who will primarily support activities required for research manuscripts on several projects, including data analysis and writing. Continue reading
The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network is supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 3 U48 DP005017-01S8 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Prevention Research Centers Program and the National Cancer Institute.
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