Interventions- Cancer Research in Rural Kentucky

Apr 14 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Research Committee
with representation from the UK College of Health Sciences, College of Public Health, College of Social Work and the College of Medicine

This seminar series will explore and discuss the intersection between science, community culture and traditions, policy and politics on the long-term health, healthcare, community participation, and quality of life of individuals living in rural communities. Not only will the challenges and barriers be discussed, but also the local supports and “Bright Spots” that are examples of how to get the job done.

Health Issues and Rural Disparities

April 14, 2021: Interventions- Cancer Research in Rural Kentucky
Robin Vanderpool, National Cancer Institute
Mark Dignan, University of Kentucky Prevention Research Center


For questions or additional information:

Melissa Slone,
Dr. Patrick Kitzman,

Robin Vanderpool, DrPH, is chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). As branch chief, Dr. Vanderpool leads the development of health communication research initiatives in areas such as patient-provider communication, cancer risk communication, social/new media, and connected health. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Vanderpool was a professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK) and associate director for community outreach and engagement at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Dr. Vanderpool earned her DrPH from UK; her MPH from Western Kentucky University; and her BS from Centre College.

Mark Dignan, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and Director of the Prevention Research Center at the University of Kentucky.   He received his PhD in Public Health Education from the University of Tennessee and an MPH in Biostatistics from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Since coming to UK in 2001, Dr. Dignan has led several NIH-funded projects designed to reduce the cancer burden in Appalachian Kentucky.  His current research is focused on colorectal and cervical cancer.