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Thirty years of public health experience in academia, a state department of health, not-for-profit companies, and a medical care setting. Extensive experience in preparing data for use by various audiences interested in public health. Demonstrated ability to combine knowledge of disease etiology, health services and statistics into practical tools for public health practitioners. Track record of managing technical and multidisciplinary staff and projects; linking population based data to program use; teaching graduate students the application of epidemiology or environmental health sciences to public health.
Dr. Kanarek is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on the health of populations, patient participation in clinical trials, the use of preventive health services and cancer etiology. Her work is at the interface of cancer research and public health practice; between policy and program development; and connecting basic science findings and cancer prevention and control research, linking internal investigators to enhance cross-disciplinary research. In studies of clinical trial participation, she has defined the catchment area for the Johns Hopkins (JH) Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) and described participation by race and geography. Work underway includes examination of clinical trial participation differences among the five SKCCC cancer-site-defined programs. In addition to her research, she maintains close ties with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, chairing the state’s cancer Surveillance Advisory Committee and the Surveillance Chapter Committee of the Maryland Cancer Plan (2010-14). She is a member of the SKCCC Cancer Prevention and Control Program and a Member of the Education, Training, and Mentoring Committee for the current Howard-Hopkins Cancer Centers Partnership (U54). These responsibilities provide a broad background for advising training grant and other students about potential collaborations and translational opportunities at JH.
In her role as Executive Director of the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund Research Grant at JH, she has overseen cancer-related grant making ($20+ million) since 2001. At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, directs the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund grants to Johns Hopkins. Established an application and peer review process for selecting awardees; organized seminar and Longrifles sessions for cancer investigators throughout the medical institutions; summarized programmatic activity for internal use and the funder; and assures coordination with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a number of practice projects. Contributes to courses as faculty and designed a one-day surveillance course for Summer Session (Health Policy and Management). Supports student scholarship by advising capstone projects and participating on dissertation committees. Recognized as a Health Tracking Fellow by the Center for Excellence in Environmental Public Health. Currently participates in several national public health data projects including the Community Health Status Indicators Reports, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials baseline survey of state health departments, and the Robert Wood Johnson Data Harmonization Project and its Community Health Index Project (with Public Health Foundation).
At Public Health Foundation contributed to several projects of national significance, including local health profiles, needs assessment tools for states using Healthy People 2010 and Enterprise Communities and Empowerment Zones, calculation of a payback on investment in environment-related health tracking, and policy tools for cancer control.
At the Maryland Health Department, directed Healthy Maryland 2000 staff and coordinated objective setting throughout the Department, including County and City Health Departments, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administrations, Boards, Commissions, the Information Technology Administration and other stakeholders. Developed the template for the Healthy Maryland 2000 Report. Planned dissemination strategy and logo for Healthy Maryland 2000. Provided marketing assistance to the Cancer Control and Prevention Office using the diffusion of innovation theory and epidemiologic analysis of mammography use data. Described the target populations, the mammography message needed (e.g., “Get your first mammogram,” “Once a year for a lifetime”, etc.), and amount of need by geographical region. Today, she chairs the Cancer Surveillance Advisory Committee for the state Office of Cancer Surveillance and Control and participates in the state Cancer Plan efforts.
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