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Month: January 2014

Grantee Spotlight: Community Health Educator Antoinette Ayers, Helps VA Residents Become More Proactive about Managing Their Health

Community health educator (CHE), Antoinette Ayers, has been working tirelessly to make health services more accessible to the people of Petersburg, VA. And by all accounts, she and her colleagues at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Cancer Center, which specializes in cancer prevention and treatment for the underserved, have made a real difference by bringing a health resource center to the city’s historic public library.

As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. Physically, the resource center is little more than a bookshelf or two filled with books, magazines, and videos on a range of health topics, and a desk staffed by information specialists who have received Consumer Health Information Specialization training from the National Library of Medicine at NIH.

Grantee Spotlight: Marvella Ford, Ph.D. – Reducing Barriers to Surgical Cancer Care among African Americans with Lung Cancer

Two investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Hollings Cancer Center—Marvella E. Ford (Ph.D.) and Nestor F. Esnaola (M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.), were awarded a five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) R01 grant this past April.

Their research will evaluate the impact of a patient navigation intervention in reducing barriers to surgical cancer care and improving surgical resection rates among African Americans with Stage I-II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Two hundred African Americans will be recruited from six geographically diverse sites within a southeastern cancer clinical trials network to participate in a two-arm, cluster randomized trial comparing enhanced versus usual care.

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