CP Program research examines and addresses factors associated with Kentucky’s excessively high cancer incidence and mortality rates, with a focus on the state’s rural and Appalachian populations. To address these challenges, CP members center their efforts around three aims: 1) identify behavioral, social, cultural, genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the high cancer burden in Kentucky; 2) design, test, implement and evaluate intervention strategies to reduce the cancer burden; and 3) develop population-based methods and measures that facilitate inter-programmatic cancer research.
To address Kentucky’s cancer disparities, the CP Program has assembled a set of researchers with diverse expertise in basic and translational disciplines including epidemiology, behavioral science, policy, sociology, medicine, nursing, psychology, gerontology, communications, toxicology, biostatistics and informatics. CP research efforts also have a significant impact on public policy and practice, including smoking intervention, lung cancer control and colorectal cancer screening.
The CP Program’s monthly meetings are designed to facilitate new research proposals and to encourage collaborations between CP members and the members of Markey’s other research programs.
CP members are integral members of some of Markey’s most collaborative working groups, including the Breast Cancer Translational Group, the Lung Cancer Translational Group, and the cancer center’s Molecular Tumor Board.