Health Policy

CPCRN grant represented at Hardin County Back to School Fair

Felicia Pieper and Gina Chieffo at CPCRN table

A team from the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) grant participated in the First Annual Hardin County Back to School Fair. The team hosted a table to inform parents about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Students Gina Chieffo and Lejla Avdic, and research coordinator Felicia Pieper, represented the team.

The Back to School Fair provides school supplies, haircuts, dental exams, health services, nutrition, immunizations and school/sports physicals for families with low income or in situations that make it challenging to prepare children to go back to school. The event was held at the Hardin County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 4. Approximately 160 students and their families attended.

The 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. The The Iowa collaborating center, affiliated with the College of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center, is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. The project is led by Natoshia Askelson, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and researcher in the PPC’s Health Policy Research Program. 

More information about the University of Iowa CPCRN is available at Information on the national network of CPCRN collaborating centers is available at

Pieper and Chiffon at table
Pieper and Chieffo at table

Pictured, left to right: Gina Chieffo, Lejla Avdic, Felicia Pieper, Gina Chieffo