Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) Collaborating Center (SIP 14-011)
Principal Investigator: Natoshia Askelson
Co-Investigators: Rema Afifi, Susan McKernan, Edith Parker, Aaron Scherer
Project Director: Laura Seegmiller
Project Dates: 2014-2019
The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. CPCRN was founded in 2002 and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and National Cancer Institute.
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The University of Iowa collaborates with other CPCRN collaborating centers to investigate areas of research interest. The UI CPCRN is currently involved in the following cross-site collaborative research projects.
Rural Cancer Workgroup
Research has shown that rural communities in the United States are often at increased risk of cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality compared to their urban counterparts. Similarly, declines in the overall cancer burden seen nationally have not yet been observed in rural communities. In 2017, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) first brought together a diverse group of researchers to identify opportunities for rural cancer control research to improve related disparities. A second rural cancer control research meeting was hosted by NCI in 2018. Harnessing this national momentum, the diverse geographic coverage of CPCRN Collaborating Centers, and the expertise of network investigators, the Rural Cancer Workgroup aims to utilize mixed-methods research designs to study topics such as: financial toxicity and emotional burden among rural patients diagnosed with cancer; rural hospital and clinic administrators’ perspectives on rural cancer control; historical trends in geographic access to surgery and oncology specialists; and urban vs. rural differences in guideline-concordant cancer treatment and survival, among other rural health topics.
Cancer Screening Navigation Workgroup
Navigators are clinic- or community-based champions who work to facilitate access to health services including cancer prevention and treatment, especially among marginalized communities. To support this critical work, we need a better understanding of who is providing cancer-related patient navigation and how. This group aims to improve understanding by conducting surveys and interviews with navigators in the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) and the Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CRCCP).
More information about the CPCRN can found on their website.
For information about the UI CPCRN Collaborating Center please contact Laura Seegmiller at firstname.lastname@example.org