The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network 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. Its members conduct community
and partner-engaged cancer research across its eight network centers, crossing academic
affiliations and geographic boundaries. We at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program
host one of these eight centers, the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Network (SC-CPCRN). The SC-CPCRN also participated during the previous cycle
of the CPCRN (2009-2014).
Our goal at the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (SC-CPCRN)
is to reduce cancer-related health disparities among disenfranchised and medically
underserved populations by advancing dissemination and implementation (D&I) science,
increasing the cancer prevention and control evidence base across South Carolina,
and translating effective multi-level, community-clinical interventions into practice
both in South Carolina and nationally.
We are committed to: (1) disseminating, implementing, and evaluating efficacious,
multi-level, and multi-site public health interventions to address cancer-related
health disparities; (2) engaging local, regional, and national community partners
and stakeholders in research, training, and technical assistance to increase the cancer
prevention and control evidence base and translate effective interventions into practice,
and; (3) increasing participation in cancer prevention and control behaviors, such
as cancer screening, physical activity, and access to and consumption of healthful
foods among high-risk and disparate populations.
Daniela B. Friedman, MSc, PhD SC-CPCRN II Principal Investigator Associate Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Affiliate Faculty, USC Prevention Research Center and Women’s and Gender Studies Program email@example.com
Dr. Friedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education,
and Behavior and core faculty in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. She is
also an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center and Women’s & Gender Studies Program
at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Friedman’s graduate degrees are in health
studies and gerontology with specialty training in health and cancer communication.
She serves as director of USC’s interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in
Health Communication. Friedman’s community- and stakeholder-engaged research is focused
on health and cancer communication with diverse older adults. Specifically, she evaluates
how communities access, understand, and use disease risk and prevention information,
and examines the use of innovative strategies to promote the dissemination and implementation
of evidence-based, language appropriate, and culturally relevant messages and programs.
Currently she serves as Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention
and Control Research Network II. During the previous cycle of the CPCRN, she played
an active role in the SC-CPCRN community-based mini-grants program, and the national
survivorship workgroup and FQHC workgroup. Dr. Friedman is also a PI on the CDC-funded
South Carolina Healthy Brain Initiative Network Collaborating Center and Co-PI on
a Knight Foundation-funded grant examining communication strategies for educating
the public about the Affordable Care Act.
James R. Hébert, MSPH, ScD SC-CPCRN II Co-Principal Investigator Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Director, South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Hébert received his masters’ degree in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from
the University of Washington and his doctorate in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard
University. Since coming to the University of South Carolina in 1999, he has received
43 federally funded grants, focusing on diet and other risk factors and cancers of
various anatomic sites including breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, and those
of the upper aerodigestive tract. In September 2003, Dr. Hébert became the Founding
Director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Besides
being Co-Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Network II he is Principal Investigator of the NCI-funded South Carolina
Cancer Disparities Community Network. From 2001 to early November 2014 he has published
225 papers in peer-reviewed journals with 545 different individuals from 186 different
institutions (not just different departments within an institution). These efforts
have usually involved one or more other individuals from USC, represent work that
crosses numerous disciplinary boundaries, and involve the institutions in intellectual
and technology transfers with great mutual benefit. Many current and former protégés
are part of these collaborations. For example, since 2006 (the first full year of
SCCDCN funding) Dr. Hébert published 192 papers (listed in the National Library of
Medicine database as of 5 November 2014 including the names of individuals who are
trainees or former trainees 416 times (in many instances these individuals are listed
as the first author of the paper).
Swann Arp Adams, PhD SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Co-Director, Cancer Survivorship Center Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Nursing email@example.com
Dr. Adams has been conducting research in South Carolina for over 15 years. Her research
has predominately focused on understanding the determinants of cancer health disparities
experienced by African Americans and ways to intervene to improve these inequalities.
Dr. Adams has received grant funding from multiple sources including the National
Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South Carolina
Cancer Alliance, and the South Carolina Cancer Center among others. She has also received
awards for her work from the Arnold School of Public Health, the Vice President for
Research of USC, and the College of Nursing.
Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Associate Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Faculty Affiliate, Women's and Gender Studies Program firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Brandt has been working closely with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable
(NCCRT) to develop, pilot test, and disseminate a toolkit to assist with evaluation
by lay users of efforts to address colorectal cancer in clinical and community settings.
She is a member of the Evidence-Based Education & Outreach Task Group of the NCCRT,
the group focused on developing and disseminating the toolkit. Dr. Brandt has also
been extensively involved with the SC-CPCRN’s Practice Enhancement Opportunity Assessment
(PEOA). The PEOA was an assessment of interest, readiness, and capacity (including
opportunity, skill, challenges, facilitating factors, etc.) to conduct research in
partnership with federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) across the state. PEOA
results were used to develop training and capacity-building workshops for both the
health centers and academic partners. This effort, led by Dr. Brandt, resulted in
a collaboration between the SC-CPCRN, the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association
(SCPHCA), the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and the Clinical
and Translational Science Institute at Children's National (CTSI-CN), a joint effort
of the Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University. The
training series is providing education, skills, and technical assistance in the research
process to SC FQHCs in an effort to encourage the use of quality improvement data
in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practice, programs, and
services. Dr. Brandt is committed to dissemination of promising and evidence-based
cancer prevention and control activities that are conducted in partnership with community
stakeholders. Dr. Brandt serves as chair of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance (SCCA)
Council (main governing body) and serves as co-chair of the SCCA Cervical Cancer Workgroup.
Dayna A. Campbell, MS South Carolina Primary Health Care Association SCPHCA Research Associate email@example.com
Ms. Campbell is completing her doctoral degree in Health Services Policy and Management
at the University of South Carolina. Currently, she is working as a research consultant
with the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association in an effort to assist with
building research capacity and infrastructure for South Carolina Community Health
Centers. Ms. Campbell’s research interests include disparities in health status and
outcomes across multiple conditions/illnesses, and the social, economic and environmental
exposures that influence poor health.
Seul Ki Choi, MPH SC-CPCRN II Graduate Research Assistant Cancer Prevention & Control Program
Seul Ki Choi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Promotion, Education,
and Behavior at the University of South Carolina. Her research interests focus on
nutrition policy process, food insecurity and its health effects, and environmental
intervention to promote a healthy diet. As a graduate assistant with the SC-CPCRN,
she works with the data subgroup. Seul Ki is exploring the relationship among cancer
screening behaviors, cancer Mortality to Incidence Ratios, and the concentration of
federally qualified health centers through the utilization of Geographic Information
Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN, FAAN SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Dunn-Shealy Professor, College of Nursing Associate Professor, Dept. of Neuropsychiatry School of Medicine University of South
Dr. Heiney is the Founding Director of the Cancer Survivorship Center for the College
of Nursing at USC and the PI of a funded award to explore cancer treatment adherence
in African Americans. She has 30 years of experience as a clinician and researcher
and has focused on behavioral interventions for cancer patients. Dr. Heiney’s research
has included a broad range across the cancer treatment continuum from breast and prostate
cancer to interventions for families of pediatric oncology patients. She has applied
community based participatory research approaches in many of her projects. Dr. Heiney
has also worked extensively with community partners, especially the American College
of Surgeons accredited community cancer centers in South Carolina. She has expertise
in the recruitment of minorities to behavioral studies which included a recently completed
R-01 psychosocial intervention among African American women titled, “STORY- Sisters
Tell Others and Revive Yourself.” Dr. Heiney has been involved in studies using therapeutic
group approaches, physical activity, diet, and story-telling. Her successful and productive
research regarding behavioral interventions also includes the exploration of inflammatory
markers, demonstrating her abilities to contribute greatly to the efforts of the national
CPCRN, SC-CPCRN, and project partners.
Thomas G. Hurley, MS SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Research Associate, Epidemiology and Biostatistics firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Hurley is a Senior Biostatistician in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program
(CPCP) as well as Director of both the Data Management and Analysis Unit (DMAU) and
the Dietary Assessment Research Unit (DARU). His interest is in diet assessment methodology,
the role of diet and physical activity in health, and the effectiveness of cancer
screening programs to reduce disease.
Mr. McCracken serves as the South Carolina-Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Network II Project Coordinator at the University of South Carolina. He previously
worked in the Department of Community Medicine and Department of Behavioral Medicine
and Psychiatry at West Virginia University. Mr. McCracken served as a program manager,
research and protocol manager, and program director prior to his move to SC. He is
interested in applying community-based participatory research principles to reduce
cancer disparities related to environmental, cultural, and social factors.
Cathy L. Melvin, PhD, MPH SC-CPCRN II Consultant and Partner Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina Associate Director, Community Engagement Core, SCTR, Clinical & Translational Science
Award Medical University of South Carolina email@example.com
Dr. Melvin’s career focuses on research synthesis, the translation of research into
practice, the development and testing of evidence-based programs, and investigating
approaches to promoting program growth and reach. Her local, state, national and international
experiences in a variety of topical areas focus directly and indirectly on using evidence-based
approaches to improve health care practice and/or change individual and/or group behavior.
Dr. Melvin has served as Principal Investigator of the CPCRN site at UNC, the Comprehensive
Cancer Control Collaborative of North Carolina (4CNC) and as Co-Investigator of the
CPCRN Coordinating Center also located at UNC from 2004 to 2012. She joined the faculty
at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012 and serves as the Team Lead for
Dissemination Research at the Hollings Cancer Center and as Associate Director for
Community Engagement for SCTR, MUSC’s CTSA. Dr. Melvin’s active projects address topics
including physical activity to reduce joint pain during aromatase inhibitor therapy
for breast cancer patients; brief, novel smoking cessation in primary care; enhancing
quality and access to lifestyle counseling and health behavior change in primary care
settings; evaluating the effects of strategies for disseminating and implementing
risk education protocols among community-based organizations and residents; and other
community engaged research.
Jessica Seel SC-CPCRN II Graduate Research Assistant Cancer Prevention & Control Program
Jessica Seel is a first year MPH candidate in the Department of Health Promotion,
Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate research
assistant in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Her primary research interests
include eliminating health disparities in rural areas, especially in South Carolina.
Her secondary focus is on the potential impact of telemedicine in rural areas. Jessica
has spent the last 18 years working in the healthcare field in various capacities
including marketing and community education. She is currently a member of the South
Carolina Public Health Association and volunteers with the Good Samaritan Free Medical
Clinic in Chapin, S.C. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College
where she was named 2014 Social Work Student of the Year.
John R. Ureda, DrPH SC-CPCRN II Community Consultant Insights Consulting, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ureda grew up in California where he received his bachelor degree in biology from
the University of California at Riverside and a master’s and doctoral degree from
the University of California, Berkeley. He came to South Carolina to Chair the Department
of Health Promotion and Education in the USC School of Public Health in 1983 after
teaching at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University for five
years. He and his wife Sue have lived in Columbia since, where they raised their two
boys, Cale and Kent. Dr. Ureda is a strong advocate of health for all. He played a
key role in starting the Best Chance Network for Woman’s Cancer Screening, the Woman’s
Cancer Coalition, the Project Assist Stop Smoking Program, the South Carolina Cancer
Research Network, the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and the South Carolina Cancer
Disparities Community Network. He also serves on the Cancer Control Advisory Council
to the Commissioner of SC DHEC. He currently runs his own consulting business, Insights
Consulting, and is a National Cancer Institute funded researcher who works to develop
partnerships between Universities and communities to promote health and prevent disease,
particularly with regard to the elimination of health disparities. He is an Adjunct
Associate Professor in the USC Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health
Promotion, Education and Behavior and a frequent subcontractor on community-based
participatory research grants.
Dr. Wandersman is a Professor of Psychology and expert in implementation science and
program evaluation. He performs research and program evaluation on citizen participation
in community organizations and coalitions. Dr. Wandersman has extensive experience
in program evaluation spanning small institutional grants as well as state wide programs
funded by NIH, NSF and CDC among others. He is a co‐editor of three books on empowerment
evaluation, and a coauthor of several Getting To Outcomes books (how‐to manuals for
planning, implementation, and evaluation to achieve results‐based accountability).
Along with colleagues, he developed a synthesis of 25 implementation science frameworks
called the Quality Implementation Framework that is being applied in research and
practice. Dr. Wandersman collaborated with the CDC to develop the Interactive Systems
Framework for Dissemination and Implementation which was the subject of two special
issues of a peer‐reviewed journal. He also developed translational products used by
thousands of practitioners and has written peer-reviewed articles on synthesis and
translation. Dr. Wandersman has been awarded publication and career awards from the
American Evaluation Association.
Vicki Young, PhD SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator and Partner Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association email@example.com
Dr. Young, PhD, is the Chief Operating Officer of the South Carolina Primary Health
Care Association (SCPHCA). She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations
of the SCPHCA. As the Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Young is involved with short-term
and long-term strategic planning for the SCPHCA. Additional duties include the implementation
of monitoring systems to ensure the association’s goals and operating standards are
met. Dr. Young has experience with health care research focusing on access to care
and health disparities. She has also worked at the community level with the implementation
of health education programs and on the academic level as an instructor and assistant
dean with the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Young is committed
to the improvement of the health status for all by addressing the multiple factors
that impact health with emphasis on access to and the provision of quality health
care as well as patient level health education and self-management. During the previous
CPCRN cycle, the SC-CPCRN in partnership with the SCPHCA, provided a series of trainings
to South Carolina federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). The training series
was based on findings from the Practice Enhancement Opportunity Assessment (PEOA).
The training sessions provided education, skills, and technical assistance in the
research process to SC FQHCs in an effort to encourage the use of quality improvement
data in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practice, programs,
and services. The sessions were recorded and posted on the SCPHCA website for broader
Projects and Initiatives
The SC-CPCRN is co-leading the following signature projects for the national network:
CDC Cancer Screening Programs
This project is working to extend research to organizations that partner with the
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Colorectal Cancer
Control Program to promote and deliver cancer screening services locally, with an
eye toward developing and pilot-testing interventions to increase and support partner
organizations’ evidence-based intervention use in their local communities.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Signature Project collaborates with
community health centers and state and national associations representing FQHCs to
strengthen and evaluate existing colorectal cancer screening initiatives at the patient,
clinic, and community level in order to increase colorectal cancer screening rates
among the populations served by FQHCs and primary care associations.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
The HPV Signature Project is working to contribute to the science and evidence-base
supporting innovative community-clinical linkages to increase HPV vaccination initiation
and completion among adolescents and young adults.
Community Mini-Grants Program Announcement
The CDC and NCI-funded South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
(SC-CPCRN) is pleased to announce the Request for Applications for the 2016-2017 Community Health Intervention Program (CHIP) Mini Grants. This year's program will be focused on evidence-based strategies to help improve colorectal cancer
screening and HPV vaccination rates. Applications must be submitted by February 12, 2016. All applicants must first attend an information session and submit a Letter of Intent.
For more details, how to register, and any additional questions or inquiries please
contact Ms. Jessica Seel, CHIP Mini Grants Program Coordinator, at (803) 622-6370
Alia, K.A., Freedman, D.A., Brandt, H.M., Gibson-Haigler, P., & Friedman, D.B. (In
press). A participatory model for evaluating a multilevel farmers’ market intervention.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
Melvin, C. Dissemination and Implementation Opportunities. Presentation at the Cancer
Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, November
Wandersman, A. & Osher, D. Investing in What Works: Scaling Up Evidence Based Interventions
with Practical Implementation Science. Presentation at the Cancer Prevention and Control
Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, November 13, 2014.
Vanderpool, R. & Friedman, D.B. Multi-Level, Community-Clinical Intervention in Partnership
with FQHCs. Presentation at the CPCRN Kickoff Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 12, 2014.
Wandersman, A.H. Use of Theory in Implementation Research: Using the Interactive Systems
Framework as a Lens for Readiness in Cancer Control. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Advanced Topics in Implementation Science Research Webinar Series, Division of Cancer
Control & Population Sciences, April 30, 2015.
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