Cancer Control & Population Health
The Cancer Control and Population Health (CCPH) program was developed explicitly to identify better ways to bring cancer control efforts into high risk and underserved communities. The CCPH program is co-led by Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, and Christie Befort, PhD, and brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on:
- Advancing the science of working with underserved communities in efforts to improve cancer control and reduce health disparities.
- Identifying new strategies to improve smoking cessation and enhance the delivery of effective smoking cessation services.
- Developing and testing novel methods to improve the delivery and uptake of effective cancer screening services.
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Since the creation of the CCPH, program members have made remarkable progress in developing the infrastructure to conduct cancer control research in underserved, regional rural, American Indian, African American, and Latino communities. Paralleling this growth in infrastructure has been a rapid growth in cancer control funding and an increase in program membership. CCPH program activities support both intra- and inter-programmatic interactions through translational research seminars, a visiting scholars program, research symposia, and research interest groups. A strong mentoring program has helped junior faculty procure training grants and minority supplements.
CCPH research efforts have led to new discoveries related to the treatment of African American light smokers and the integration of smoking cessation efforts into rural primary care. Applying community-based participatory research methods, CCPH researchers developed the first culturally tailored smoking cessation program designed for a heterogeneous American Indian community. The community-based research in the CCPH is strongly supported by a vibrant rural practice-based research network, the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance and the Latino Health Initiatives Network.