Health Policy

Askelson's CPCRN Team Contributes to Preventive Medicine

Researchers at the University of Iowa Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (UI CPCRN) collaborating center have contributed to a supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine highlighting disparities in cancer prevention and control.

Iowa’s team led by Dr. Natoshia Askelson, assistant professor of community and behavioral health and research fellow in the PPC's Health Policy Research Program, contributed an article about the challenges of using nationally representative population-based surveys to assess rural cancer disparities. Read the full article here.

In 2019, nearly 2 million Americans received a cancer diagnosis and more than 600,000 will die of cancer. Cancer diagnoses and deaths are disproportionately high among people who live in rural counties, have a low socioeconomic status, and are members of underserved racial and ethnic groups.

The CPCRN at the University of Iowa is part of a thematic network of the CDC’s Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) in which multiple centers collaborate on research related to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches to reduce the burden of cancer, especially in disproportionately affected populations. 

The supplemental issue represents a diversity of research products made possible by the research and scientific networking infrastructure enabled by the CPCRN, a collaborative national network of academic centers engaged in cancer research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute since 2002.

The supplement has been published open access by Elsevier, and the full issue is available for download.

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