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About R2R Mentorship Program

Between September 2011 and February 2013, the NCI implemented a pilot mentorship program with 6 mentee-mentor pairs as part of Research to Reality (R2R). This pilot has concluded and is currently being evaluated. With the conclusion of this pilot, the mentees are no longer updating these posts with new monthly updates, but we encourage you to read through the mentee stories to learn more about each pair's project and engage in a discussion with the broader R2R community on these topics.

The Research to Reality (R2R) Mentorship Program is a pilot program by the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Office of Communications and Education and the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences.

The purpose of the Program is to help build the capacity of cancer control practitioners to effectively navigate the complex, “real world” context in which evidence-based decision making occurs. Up to six mentees will be matched with experienced public health professionals. Mentees, with guidance from their mentor, will work on a year-long cancer control and prevention project relevant to their current jobs to learn and apply the skills and knowledge of evidence-based public health (EBPH). In addition to the mentor, participants will receive ongoing technical assistance and training, virtually and in-person, from the NCI. Mentorship and project components will last for 12-months with an additional 6-month period for evaluation and deliverable-completion. All program activities will begin in September 2011.


Mentee Mentor Project Topic
Charlene Cariou, BS, CHES, MPH (c)
St. Luke's Mountain State Tumor Institute (ID)
Hope Krebill, RN, BSN, MSW
Midwest Cancer Alliance (KS)
Charlene will be implementing a sun safety education and skin cancer prevention intervention in rural Idaho.
Michael Celestin Jr, MA, CHES
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health Tobacco Control Initiative (LA)
Alton Hart, MD, MPH
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Massey Cancer Center and VCU Center on Health Disparities (VA)
Michael will be working on a program to increase the use of the Public Health Service (PHS) tobacco guidelines by urologists in state hospitals in Louisiana.
Kiameesha Evans, MPH, DrPH (c)
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (NJ)
Evelyn Gonzalez, MA
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Community Programs and Health Communication & Disparities (PA)
Kiameesha will be working on the implementation and evaluation of the Body and Soul prorgam in several New Jersey churches.
Venice Haynes, MSPH
Morehouse School of Medicine (GA)
Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory Prevention Research Center (GA)
Venice will be partnering with a community coalition on developing an implementation and evaluation plan for the Witness Project (breast and cervical cancer intervention) in Atlanta, GA.
Angela McFall, MS
Michigan Department of Community Health (MI)
June Ryan, MPA
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE)
Angela will work with health care providers and insurance companies to implement a client reminder program for colorectal cancer screening in Michigan.
Lisa Troyer, BA
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Cancer Control Program (MT)
Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MPH
Penn State University, Hershey Cancer Center (PA)
Lisa will be working with insurance providers and small group association plans to adapt and implement a colorectal cancer screening and integrated messaging program to the insured population in rural Montana