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Population Health Assessment in Cancer Catchment Areas Grantee Learning Community

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This Learning Community was launched to support researchers conducting studies under the NCI-funded “Population Health Assessment in Cancer Catchment Areas” administrative supplement initiative. Fifteen NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers across the country were awarded supplements to enable them to conduct pilot data collection efforts that will enable the centers to better characterize their local population with regard to factors such as cancer-related risk factors, health behaviors, knowledge, and information needs; health care access; utilization of health information technology; and environmental influences.  The short-term goal of this initiative is for the funded sites to field a population health assessment survey in their catchment area and to work with NCI on a scholarly agenda for how to think about further defining and describing cancer center catchment areas based on what is learned from these pilot efforts. The long-term goals of the initiative are to 1) increase capacity at cancer centers to collect data at the local level; 2) facilitate collaborations between providers, public health practitioners, and local policymakers around the collection and use of local data; 3) provide crucial information regarding survey research methods (e.g. best practices for linking local data to national estimates for calibration, juxtaposition, and aggregation), and the feasibility of using community-level population health assessments as part of a national cancer surveillance enterprise.

The following 15 sites were awarded administrative supplements under the Population Health Assessment in Cancer Catchment Areas” initiative: 

1.    The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center (Project Director: Electra Paskett)

2.    Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania (Project Director: Karen Glanz)

3.    University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (Project Director: Jian-Min Yuan)

4.    Albert Einstein Cancer Center (Project Director: Bruce Rapkin)

5.    Duke Cancer Institute (Project Director: Nadine Barrett)

6.    University of Hawaii Cancer Center (Project Directors: Kevin Cassel and Hyeryeon Lee)

7.    Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Indiana University (Project Directors: David Haggstrom and Susan Rawls)

8.    Fox Chase Cancer Center (Project Directors: Nestor Esnaola and Susan Fisher)

9.    Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Project Director: Elizabeth Bouchard)

10.  Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (Project Director: Tracy Onega)

11.  Markey Cancer Center University of Kentucky (Project Directors: Robin Vanderpool ann Bin Huang)

12.  UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Project Directors: Bob Hiatt and Urmimala Sarkar)

13.  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Project Director: Joseph Osborne)

14.  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Project Director: K. Vish Viswanath)

15.  MD Anderson Cancer Center (Project Director: Sanjay Shete)

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