Population Health Assessment in Cancer Center Catchment Areas


HCIRB is leading a funding opportunity to support supplemental funding to conduct research to better characterize the populations and communities within the NCI-designated cancer center catchment areas. The supplemental funding enhances 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 include 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 is to conduct local research to better define and describe the cancer center catchment area using a multilevel population health framework. The long-term goal is to facilitate collaborations in which local area providers, public health practitioners, policymakers, and nonprofit organizations can 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

Funded sites in 2016-17 include:

  • Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania (Project Director: Karen Glanz)
  • Albert Einstein Cancer Center (Project Director: Bruce Rapkin)
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Project Director: K. Vish Viswanath)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (Project Director: Tracy Onega)
  • Duke Cancer Institute (Project Director: Nadine Barrett)
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center (Project Directors: Nestor Esnaola and Susan Fisher)
  • Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky (Project Directors: Robin Vanderpool and Bin Huang)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center (Project Director: Sanjay Shete) 
  • Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Indiana University (Project Directors: David Haggstrom and Susan Rawl)
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Project Director: Joseph Osborne)
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Project Director: Elizabeth Bouchard)
  • The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center (Project Director: Electra Paskett)
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (Project Directors: Bob Hiatt and Urmimala Sarkar)
  • University of Hawaii Cancer Center (Project Directors: Kevin Cassel and Hyeryeon Lee)
  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (Project Director: Jian-Min Yuan)


Special Issues

  • Focus Issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention to be published in Spring 2019
  • Special Section of the Journal of Rural Health to be published in Spring 2019


  • Coming Soon


Kelly D. Blake, ScD