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Florence Tangka, PhD, MS


Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch
Centers for Disease Control


Florence Tangka, PhD, MS, is a health economist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. She is the principal investigator for a number of CDC cancer economics studies. Her research focuses on the economics of cancer, economics of the National Program of Cancer Registries, economics of cancer screening programs, and use of breast and cervical cancer screening services. Dr. Tangka also serves as a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Dr. Tangka received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and a Masters from Rutgers (both degrees are in agricultural economics). In 2008, she received an alumni award from Rutgers. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Florida, Department of Food and Resource Economics, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Prevention Effectiveness at CDC. She is a member of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
Dr. Tangka has authored and coauthored many publications in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the National Medical Association, Health Economics, American Journal of Managed Care, Cancer, Medical Care, Health Promotion Practice, Cancer Causes & Control, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Gastroenterology and Preventing Chronic Diseases. She has been interviewed by many national media outlets, including CNN Radio, the Associated Press, CBS News Radio, USA Today, Bloomberg News, Columbus Dispatch News, Medscape Oncology, andThe Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Tangka leads CDC’s effort in the Health Insurance Coverage Status by Age, Race, Hispanic Origin, Sex, and Income for Counties and States project. This project provides estimates of the low-income, uninsured populations at the state and county levels, published as a data set called Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, which are the only source for estimates of health insurance coverage status for all counties in the nation. They are the result of a multi-year collaboration between CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control and the Census Bureau’s Small Area Estimates Branch.