Population Health Assessment in Cancer Center Catchment Areas

HCIRB led an initiative supporting supplemental funding to conduct research to better characterize the populations and communities within the NCI-designated cancer center catchment areas. The funding opportunity aimed to enhance cancer centers’ capacity to acquire, aggregate, and integrate data from multiple sources, as well as plan, coordinate, and enhance catchment area analysis activities. The surveys conducted at each of the cancer centers included common demographic and behavioral measures in order to facilitate cross-site and local versus national comparisons on constructs relevant to cancer control.

The short-term goal of the supplemental funding was to support local research to better define and describe the cancer center catchment area using a multilevel population health framework. The long-term goal was to facilitate collaborations in which local area providers, public health practitioners, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations utilize data to develop or expand applied cancer control research, planning, intervention, and implementation efforts, with particular attention to local level health disparities and communication inequalities.

Funded Sites

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Pin Color Year
Cancer Center Project Directors Address Population Health Assessment Catchment Areas
FY 2016 FY 2018
Abramson Cancer Center Karen Glanz 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 Check Mark  
Albert Einstein Cancer Center Bruce Rapkin 1300 Morris Park Ave., Bronx, NY 10461 Check Mark  
Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center K. Vish Viswanath 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 Check Mark  
Duke Cancer Institute Nadine Barrett 2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710 Check Mark  
Fox Chase Cancer Center Nestor Esnaola,
Susan Fisher
333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111 Check Mark  
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Jason Mendoza  1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98109   Check Mark
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center of Columbia University Mary Beth Terry 1130 St Nicholas Ave., New York, NY 10032   Check Mark
Huntsman Cancer Institute Jakob Jensen 2000 Circle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112   Check Mark
Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center David Haggstrom,
Susan Rawl
535 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Check Mark  
Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota DeAnn Lazovich 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455   Check Mark
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Joseph Osborne 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065 Check Mark  
Moores Cancer Center at University of California San Diego Health Maria Elena Martinez 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093   Check Mark
Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Tracy Onega One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756 Check Mark  
Oregon Health & Science University Knight Cancer Institute Jackie Shannon 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97239   Check Mark
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Elizabeth Bouchard Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263 Check Mark  
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Grace Lu-Yao 233 South 10th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107   Check Mark
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Electra Paskett 650 Ackerman Road, Columbus, OH 43202 Check Mark  
The Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai Nina Bickell One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029   Check Mark
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Sanjay Shete 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Unit 91, Houston, TX 77030 Check Mark  
University of Alabama, Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center Wendy Demark-Wahnefried 1824 Sixth Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294   Check Mark
University of California San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Bob Hiatt,
Urmimala Sarkar
1450 3rd St., San Francisco, CA 94115 Check Mark  
University of Kentucky, Markey Cancer Center Robin Vanderpool,
Bin Huang
800 Rose St., Lexington, KY 40536 Check Mark  
University of Colorado Cancer Center Cathy Bradley  13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, CO 80045   Check Mark
University of Hawaii Cancer Center Kevin Cassel,
Hyeryeon Lee
701 Ilalo St., Suite 600, Honolulu, HI 96813 Check Mark  
The University of Kansas Cancer Center Babalola Faseru 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160   Check Mark
University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center Ken Resnicow 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109   Check Mark
University of Virginia Cancer Center Rajesh Balkrishnan,
Roger Anderson
6171 West Complex, Charlottesville, VA 22908   Check Mark
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hillman Cancer Center Jian-Min Yuan 5150 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232 Check Mark  
Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center Bernard Fuemmeler 401 College St., Richmond, VA 23298   Check Mark

Population Health Assessment in Cancer Center Catchment Areas Meeting

A virtual meeting was held on March 20, 2020 to enable cancer centers to share best practices around conceptualizing and conducting cancer center catchment area assessments.

Special Issues

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 2019

  1. Blake, K. D., Ciolino, H. P., & Croyle, R. T. (2019). Population health assessment in NCI-designated cancer center catchment areas. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 428. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0811.

  2. Camacho-Rivera, M., Rice, S. L., Oh, S., Paris, M., Akpara, E., Molina, J., Obadina, M., McMillan, S., Aracena, J. L. M., Morency, J., Muniz, R. C., Gany, F., Brown, C. L., Gonsky, J., & Osborne, J. R. (2019). Cancer Health Impact Program (CHIP): Identifying social and demographic associations of mHealth access and cancer screening behaviors among Brooklyn, New York, residents. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 478. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0788.

  3. Cunningham, S. A., Yu, R., Shih, T., Giordano, S., McNeill, L. H., Rechis, R., Peterson, S. K., Cinciripini, P., Foxhall, L., Hawk, E., & Shete, S. (2019). Cancer-related risk perceptions and beliefs in Texas: Findings from a 2018 population-level survey. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 486. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0846.

  4. Gage-Bouchard, E. A., & Rawl, S. M. (2019). Standardizing measurement of social and behavioral dimensions of cancer prevention and control to enhance outreach and engagement in NCI-designated cancer centers. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 431. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0794.

  5. Iachan, R., Berman, L., Kyle, T. M., Martin, K. J., Deng, Y., Moyse, D. N., Middleton, D., & Atienza, A. A. (2019). Weighting nonprobability and probability sample surveys in describing cancer catchment areas. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 471. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-18-0797.

  6. McCloud, R. F., Bekalu, M. A., Maddox, N., Minsky, S. J., & Viswanath, K. (2019). Leveraging breadth and depth: Strategies to characterize population diversity to address cancer disparities in the DF/HCC catchment area. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 435. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0799.

  7. Moen, E. L., Kapadia, N. S., Malley, A. J., & Onega, T. (2019). Evaluating breast cancer care coordination at a rural National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center using network analysis and geospatial methods. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 455. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0771.

  8. Paskett, E. D., Young, G. S., Bernardo, B. M., Washington, C., DeGraffinreid, C. R., Fisher, J. L., & Huerta, T. R. (2019). The CITIES Project: Understanding the health of underrepresented populations in Ohio. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 442. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-18-0793

  9. Rawl, S. M., Dickinson, S., Lee, J. L., Roberts, J. L., Teal, E., Baker, L. B., Kianersi, S., & Haggstrom, D. A. (2019). Racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer-related knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors in Indiana. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 28(3), 462. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.epi-18-0795.

Journal of Rural Health 2019

  1. Blake, K. D., & Croyle, R. T. (2019). Rurality, rural identity, and cancer control: Evidence from NCI’s population health assessment in cancer center catchment areas initiative. The Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 141-143. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12357.

  2. Cunningham, S. A., Yu, R., & Shete, S. (2019). Differences in sun protection behaviors between rural and urban communities in Texas. The Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 155-166. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12350.

  3. Haggstrom, D. A., Lee, J. L., Dickinson, S. L., Kianersi, S., Roberts, J. L., Teal, E., Baker, L. B., & Rawl, S. M. (2019). Rural and urban differences in the adoption of new health information and medical technologies. The Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 144-154. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12358.

  4. Paskett, E. D., Young, G. S., Bernardo, B. M., Washington, C., DeGraffinreid, C., Fisher, J. L., & Huerta, T. R. (2019). Correlates of rural, Appalachian, and community identity in the CITIES cohort. The Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 167-175. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12347.

  5. Vanderpool, R. C., Huang, B., Deng, Y., Bear, T. M., Chen, Q., Johnson, M. F., Paskett, E. D., Robertson, L. B., Young, G. S., & Iachan, R. (2019). Cancer-related beliefs and perceptions in Appalachia: Findings from 3 states. The Journal of Rural Health, 35(2), 176-188. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12359.

Other Publications 2016-present

Catchment Areas of NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Visualization Tool provides a geographic scope for monitoring cancer trends, identifying pronounced socioeconomic- and health-related disparities, informing high-impact translational science, and guiding the implementation of evidence-based interventions in clinical and community settings.

Last Updated
January 11, 2024