The American Cancer Society is funding ben’s research

TUCSON, Arizona—A Arizona University of Health Sciences The researcher was one of only four recipients of a $4 million grant from the American Cancer Society to develop a “Center for Cancer Health Equity Research” with the goal of improving health equity for Hispanic cancer survivors and family caregivers.

“We will develop and test interventions that can be integrated into clinical practice,” said the lead researcher. Terry Badger, Ph.D., RNprofessor and holder of the Eleanor Bauwens Endowed Chair at UArizona College of Nursing and UArizona Cancer Center member. “By examining health care utilization and many social determinants of health, we hope to find insights into how we can reduce health disparities and enable people to access the health care they need. need.

According to the American Cancer Society, which earmarked the funds for minority-serving institutions, the centers will implement solutions-based research that addresses cancer-related health disparities, which will help achieve health equity. health and reduce cancer mortality. The University of Arizona is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution by the United States Department of Education.

The UArizona Health Sciences researchers will focus on three areas: assessing the care and treatment needs of patients with kidney and liver cancer; assess the impact of diet and physical activity interventions on lifestyle behaviours; and symptom management and health care utilization in underserved rural and urban populations.

“Terry laid the groundwork and is a national leader in supportive care, research and training,” said Joann Sweasy, PhDthe Nancy C. and Craig M. Berge Endowed Chair and UArizona Cancer Center director. “She most deserves this prestigious award.”

Dr. Badger will use her experience to increase participation in clinical intervention trials for underrepresented cancer survivors and their caregivers.

“We will work with our communities to develop and test effective and accessible interventions that will benefit cancer survivors and caregivers,” Dr. Badger said. “I have a very successful history of including underrepresented cancer survivors and their caregivers in my trials. We have over 450 cancer survivors and their caregivers in one of my studies right now and about 40% of them are Hispanic.

Additionally, the grant will enable Dr. Badger and his team to train the next generation of researchers and develop synergistic relationships with other UArizona HealthSciences and UArizona researchers to foster more equity-focused projects. in cancer health.

Dr. Badger will work with a team of dedicated cancer researchers, including Ken Batai, PhDassistant research professor of urology at UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the UArizona Cancer Center, Cindy Thompson, RDN, Ph.D.teacher at Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and co-lead of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and Chris Segrin, PhDprofessor and director of Communications Department in the UArizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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