Vanderpool Named Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at Markey Cancer Center

January 03, 2019


robin vanderpool.jpgDr. Robin C. Vanderpool, associate professor of Health, Behavior & Society in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been named Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Markey Cancer Center.


As Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, Dr. Vanderpool will guide Markey’s community outreach and engagement functions —critical activities in maintaining National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. NCI-designated centers are expected to perform research relevant to their catchment populations and engage those populations in the research they conduct.


In her new role at Markey, Vanderpool will build upon Markey’s 43-year history in community outreach, working with the cancer center’s extensive network of cancer control partners, researchers, health care providers, community leaders, and coalitions to form and act upon evidence-based, culturally tailored strategies and research interventions to alleviate Kentucky’s cancer burden. She will also work closely with the Kentucky Cancer Program and Kentucky Cancer Consortium, two well-known statewide cancer control organizations also dedicated to improving Kentucky’s cancer outcomes, as well as Markey’s Affiliate and Research Networks in order to deliver and disseminate the best cancer care to all Kentuckians.


In addition, Dr. Vanderpool will have direct responsibility for Markey’s Community Outreach Office, which employs two full-time outreach coordinators covering the entire state, and supports the NCI-funded position for the National Outreach Network Community Health Educator covering Appalachian Kentucky. She also organizes Markey’s Community Advisory Board, whose 13 members from around the state advise Markey on the translation and implementation of science in their communities and provide feedback on new cancer center initiatives, ranging from clinical trials to cancer control outreach and community practitioner education.


 About Robin Vanderpool


Dr. Vanderpool has been supported by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding for 17 years, and has an active community-engaged research program in HPV vaccination, cancer screening, and cancer survivorship. She currently serves as principal investigator of the CDC-funded Appalachian Center for Education, Screening and Support, an academic-community partnership between the UK College of Public Health and several primary care clinics in Kentucky. She is also the site principal investigator for the NCI/Federal Communications Commission demonstration project in Appalachian Kentucky focused on using connected health to improve cancer symptom management among rural-residing cancer patients. She has served as the project leader on multiple administrative supplements awarded to Markey as a result of its NCI designation.


Dr. Vanderpool is also involved in several national cancer control initiatives and recently served as the chair of the NCI Accelerating Rural Cancer Control Research meeting in May 2018. In May 2019, she will co-chair the 15 Years of Health Information National Trends Survey conference at NIH.





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