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Month: May 2014

Grantee Spotlight: Daniel Petereit, M.D. – A “Frontier” Oncologist Studying Smoking Cessation in American Indians

As a “frontier doctor,” Daniel G. Petereit, M.D. often travels as far as 200 miles to care for cancer patients and work with American Indian (AI) tribal leaders on a smoking cessation study.

Petereit is a radiation oncologist at Rapid City Regional Hospital where he is the principal investigator of several cancer disparities grants. Rapid City serves about 70,000 AIs from the surrounding communities and the reservations of Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud. Four of the 10 poorest counties in the U.S. are located on these reservations in the Northern Great Plains of South Dakota.

Grantee Spotlight: Julie Dang, M.P.H. – Personalizing Outreach to Address Asian Cancer Health Disparities

The Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness and Training (AANCART) is now offering culturally sensitive cancer education brochures and videos for the Asian public in a variety of Asian languages. AANCART’s educational efforts are part of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center’s ongoing work to reduce cancer health disparities through community-based participatory education, training, and research. AANCART, designated by NCI as the National Center for Reducing Asian American Cancer Health Disparities, is funded under a U54 grant by the NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

“Working closely with the Asian American community, it took us about three years to produce the videos,” says Julie Dang, M.P.H., Administrative Core Director and Community Health Educator for AANCART.

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