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Welcome to the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Newsletter, Summer 2019


The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Coordinating Center is pleased to share the Summer 2019 Edition of the CPCRN newsletter. Distributed quarterly, this newsletter highlights the work and accomplishments of network investigators, funders, 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. 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
Five CPCRN Centers Collaborate on HPV Vaccination Workgroup Publication:
A multi-site case study of community-clinical linkages for promoting HPV vaccination
Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics (June 2019)
 
 
Heather M. Brandt, University of South Carolina
Robin C. Vanderpool, University of Kentucky
Susan J. Curry, University of Iowa
Paige Farris, Oregon Health & Science University 
Jason Daniel-Ulloa, University of Iowa 
Laura Seegmiller, University of Iowa
Lindsay R. Stradtman, University of Kentucky
Thuy Vu, University of Washington
Victoria Taylor, University of Washington
Maria Zubizarreta, University South Carolina

"First, the collaborations build on a strong national commitment to cancer prevention through effective vaccination. Seven CCLs indicated the importance of a national initiative as the impetus for the collaboration, either directly or through the local level. National HPV vaccination initiatives organized by the National Cancer Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society were particularly salient among these CCLs. Second, most CCLs relied on funding, with a majority being funded by both the clinical and community site. Third, there is a strong commitment to CCL evaluation efforts, reflected in eight of the nine collaborations indicating that they have conducted evaluations to determine input, process, and outcome indicators. Finally, CCLs focused on HPV vaccination are strengthened when there are other areas of previous and/or current collaboration between organizations, suggesting the importance of sustained relationships and communication across partner sites."

Tobacco/ Lung Cancer Screening Workgroup Publishes Research on Tobacco Cessation Efforts at Federally Qualified Health Centers:
Addressing Tobacco Cessation at Federally Qualified Health Centers:
Current Practices & Resources

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (August 2019)
 

Susan A. Flocke, Oregon Health & Science University
Robin Vanderpool, University of Kentucky
Genevieve Birkby, Case Western Reserve University
Heidi Gullett, Case Western Reserve University 
Elizabeth L. Seaman, National Cancer Institute
Stephanie Land, National Cancer Institute
Steve Zeliadt, University of Washington
"In conclusion, the majority of FQHCs in this sample indicated having access to at least one tobacco cessation resource that meets the needs of their patients, however, one quarter had none. Important barriers to smoking cessation remain among all FQHCs, regardless of having zero, one, two, or more tobacco cessation resources. Systems changes that optimize efficiencies in the EHR and enable effective referrals to tobacco cessation resources are needed. Implementation of such changes would enhance FQHCs contributions to broader public health goals focused on tobacco control and elimination of related disparities among medically underserved populations."

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CPCRN Investigators Deliver Training for Staff in CDC-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs
In June 2019, Dr. Jennifer Leeman from the University of North Carolina delivered a training titled, “Best Practices for Technical Assistance Providers (Also known as quality improvement coaches and practice facilitators)” for staff in CDC-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer and Colorectal Cancer Control Programs. Dr. Leeman was part of a team of trainers that included Dr. Heather Brandt from the University of South Carolina and Dr. Robin Vanderpool from the University of Kentucky. The 4-day training was convened by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in Atlanta, GA.
The First Annual Implementation Science Consortium in Cancer (ISCC), organized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), took place on July 10-12, 2019. Several CPCRN members participated in the meeting which included working groups on Precision Health & Big Data, Economics & Cost, Rapid Cycle Design of Implementation Studies, Implementation Laboratories, Policy and Implementation Science, Context and Equity in Implementation Science, and Technology and Health Communication in Implementation Science.

The University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Was Awarded a Supplemental Grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate Cancer Disparities in Rural Communities
 
The project, led by Dr. Mary Charlton, will build upon findings from a previously funded supplement to support critical access hospitals (CAHs) to better understand and address cancer prevention and control priorities in their community. The project goal is to create a sustainable rural cancer research network that will allow effective collaboration with CAHs, creating research services and programmatic resources to build internal capacity and provide technical assistance to conduct research and dissemination/implementation studies. 
CPCRN Work Cited in Implementation Science News Commentary
 
"Assuring stronger evidence-based public health practice has been enhanced by such actions as the work of Ross Brownson and colleagues in developing and implementing training in evidence-based public health and the CDC/NCI funded Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) and others in integrating evidence-based public health into practice."
UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 8:00 am-5:30 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center

Jennifer Leeman, principal investigator at the University of North Carolina, will serve as one of the course instructors for a short course offered by the Learning Institute of the APHA 2019 Annual Meeting titled "Introduction to Implementation Science". The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an orientation to implementation science, which addresses the gap between research evidence and routine practice. This course is targeted to public health practitioners, researchers and community health workers at all stages in their careers, who are interested in understanding the rationale for and application of implementation science and its importance to public health.

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The 12th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health will be held in Arlington, Virginia on December, 4-6, 2019. This year’s conference theme, Raising the Bar on the Rigor, Relevance, and Rapidity of Dissemination and Implementation Science, is intended to help map the way forward for improvements in the development, execution and application of D&I science.

Register here >>

INVESTIGATOR UPDATES
Robin Vanderpool has been promoted to full professor at the University of Kentucky. She recently started a new position as the Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute.

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Erika Trapl, principal investigator at Case Western Reserve University, received R01 funding from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the National Institute Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a project on the Impact of Flavor on Youth & Young Adults Use Intention, Abuse Liability and Perceptions of Cigarillos.
 
Stephanie Wheeler, who was recently promoted to full professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided commentary for a CNN article titled "The cost of cancer: 25% of survivors face financial hardship, report finds".

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Jennifer Leeman, principal investigator of the University of North Carolina Collaborating Center, has been invited by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the Association of Health Care Journalists to speak to a fellowship program for journalists on Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER).
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENTS
NCI Funding Opportunities
This Notice highlights the NCI Healthcare Delivery Research Program’s interest in receiving investigator-initiated grant applications focused on understanding and improving interprofessional teamwork and coordination during cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative approaches to identifying, understanding, and developing strategies for overcoming barriers to the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, tools, policies, and guidelines.


Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
The purpose of this FOA is the same as the R01 above. However, the R21 activity code is intended to encourage new, exploratory, and developmental research projects. Applications for R21 awards should describe projects distinct from those supported through the traditional R01 activity code. These studies should break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications.

Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
The purpose of this FOA is the same as the R01 above. However, this FOA uses the NIH R03 small grant mechanism, which supports discrete, well-defined projects that realistically can be completed in two years and that require limited levels of funding. Examples include pilot or feasibility studies, secondary analyses of existing data, and small, self-contained research projects, among others.
 
This FOA invites applications that seek to understand strategies to reduce disparities in the uptake of evidence-based screening across the adult lifespan. Research supported by this initiative should enhance the screening process related to use: (1) in diverse populations, (2) in diverse clinical and community settings, and/or (3) with traditional, non-traditional, and/or allied health care providers.
Other Funding Opportunities
Special Emphasis Notice (SEN): Health Services Research Priorities for Achieving a High Value Healthcare System
The purpose of this Notice is to inform the research community that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is interested in receiving health services research grants applications to advance their national goal of achieving a high value healthcare system. 
JOB POSTINGS
Health Scientist for Implementation Science, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
The Implementation Science (IS) Team within the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) is seeking a senior health scientist with implementation science experience to participate as an active team member in ongoing initiatives and to take leadership on new and emerging projects across the cancer continuum. 

Head, Division of Health Behavior Research and Implementation Science, Department of Epidemiology and Population AND Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Albert Einstein Cancer Center
Applications are invited for a full-time behavioral researcher at the level of Associate Professor/Professor to head the new Division of Health Behavior Research and Implementation Science in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (DEPH) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and to lead community outreach and engagement (COE) efforts in the NCI-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC).

Geospatial Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Cancer Epidemiology Program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is offering a post doctoral fellowship opportunity in geospatial analysis under the supervision of Dr. Margaret Madeleine, Associate Member in the Cancer Epidemiology Program. The fellowship will focus on geospatial analyses of HPV vaccine data. 

Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) Arnold School of Public Health (Arnold School, www.sph.sc.edu) is seeking to fill two tenure track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in public health, health behavior, or a closely-related field by the beginning date of employment, and expertise in teaching and conducting high impact research.

Faculty Position in Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Care Delivery, Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center
The Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFBCCC) is committed to strengthening our vibrant research program in cancer survivorship and cancer care delivery. We seek to fill one open rank position. Candidates at the Assistant or Associate Professor level with an independent research program as well as interest in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: cancer symptom science, health care delivery and health outcomes research, health promotion interventions for cancer survivors, and treatment/genomic decision-making. 

Associate Professor/ Professor, San Diego State University School of Public Health
The School of Public Health (SPH) at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks an Associate Professor or Professor with established expertise in Dissemination and Implementation Science (D&I) in public health. 

RESOURCES
Guiding Cancer Control: A Path to Transformation

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support from the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute, convened a committee to develop a national strategy for cancer control. The resulting consensus report, Guiding Cancer Control: A Path to Transformation, presents the committee’s strategic vision and its recommendations defining the key principles, attributes, methods, and tools needed to achieve the goal of implementing an effective national cancer control plan.


Demystifying Implementation Science Theories and Models

Cam Escoffery, a CPCRN affiliate member from Emory University, was recently invited to speak about dissemination and implementation theories as part of the CDC Evaluation Series on Implementation Science. 


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Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood, a CDC-funded Supplement Issue of The Gerontologist

"A comprehensive approach to cancer prevention at older ages would lower exposures to known causes of cancer, promote healthy social and physical environments, expand the appropriate use of clinical preventive services, and engage older adults in these efforts. The collection of articles in this supplement provide innovative insights for exciting new directions in research and practice to expand cancer prevention efforts for older adults."


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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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