Rural Cancer Control Research

Rural Cancer Control Meeting

Rural Cancer Control Meeting
Natcher Conference Center
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD
May 30-31, 2018

Meeting objectives in rural cancer control:

  1. Identify gaps in research and practice
  2. Build partnerships across the country and various health-related entities to address challenges and disseminate solutions
  3. Highlight and identify methods to address competing and common agendas of clinics/providers, researchers and community/patients

The sessions will

  1. incorporate speakers and perspectives from different regions – Delta; Appalachia; Alaska; Hawaii; Northern New England; Southwest; Colonias; Reservation; Frontier
  2. incorporate perspective of participants; community; provider partners in each presentation

Accelerating Rural Cancer Control Research Meeting downloadable agenda (PDF 646 KB)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Time Event details
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.

Opening remarks and meeting charge
Chair: Robin Vanderpool, University of Kentucky

9:20 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.

NCI’s role in promoting rural cancer control
Ned Sharpless, Director, National Cancer Institute

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Mission for the meeting
Robert Croyle, Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), National Cancer Institute

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Addressing Rural Health Disparities Through Collaboration
Tom Morris, Associate Administrator for Rural Health Policy, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy/Heath Resources and Services Administration

10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Rural Definitions—Overview and Rural Demographic Patterns
John Cromartie, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Michael Ratcliffe, U.S. Census Bureau

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Networking Break
DCCPS Program Staff, Breakout Room F1/F2
See “Networking Break Guidance” in your folder for more details
11:20 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Lightning talks:
Appalachia (Scutchfield) and Hawaii (Pokhrel)

Session 1Overview of Rural Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Disparities
Chair: Hannah Weir, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Appalachia—problems and promise

  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, University of Kentucky

Tobacco control research in Hawaii and the U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands: Priorities and Challenges

  • Pallav Phokrel, University of Hawaii Cancer Center

Using cancer registry data to elucidate cancer incidence disparities in rural populations

  • Whitney Zahnd, Southern Illinois University

Identifying agricultural exposures: Examples from the Agricultural Health Study

  • Laura Beane Freeman, National Cancer Institute
12:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Poster Session (Atrium Level) and Lunch
If you pre-purchased a boxed lunch at the time of registration, it will be available for pick-up in Breakout Room B

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lightning talks:
Colonias (Bolin) and Reservations (Yazzie)

Session 2Methods
Chair: Tracy Onega, Dartmouth University

Lessons from a National Academy Workshop on “Improving health research on small populations”, with implications for rural health studies

  • Graham Colditz, Washington University in St. Louis

Defining social context for individuals: what Census-defined units can tell us   about race and class

  • Chris Fowler, Pennsylvania State University

Addressing cancer disparities in the Colonias along the U.S.-Mexico Border

  • Jane Bolin, Texas A&M University

Cancer among the Navajo

  • Del Yazzie, Navajo Tribal Epidemiology Center
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

A National Rural Policy Perspective
Alan Morgan, National Rural Health Association

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Fireside Chat on Rural Cancer Control Research
Chair and Discussant: Robin Vanderpool, University of Kentucky

Clinical perspectives 

  • Gloria Coronado, Kaiser Permanente
  • John Gale, University of Southern Maine
  • Bill Finerfrock, National Association of Rural Health Clinics  

Community-level research perspective

  • Tracy Onega, Dartmouth University
  • Claudia Hardy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Stephanie Wheeler, University of North Carolina

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Time Event details
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Lightning talks:
Delta (Baskin) and Midwest (Krebill)

Session 3Multilevel Interventions: Impact and Policy
Chair: Monica Baskin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Multilevel approaches to promoting healthful lifestyles in rural New Mexico

  • Sally Davis, University of New Mexico

Multilevel intervention to improve HPV vaccination in rural Appalachia: lessons learned

  • Electra Paskett, Ohio State University

Optimizing multilevel impact: evaluating a de-centralized delivery model of cancer screening for the rural underserved

  • Simon Craddock Lee, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Cancer incidence, mortality, and disparities in the Delta: race, place & history matters

  • Monica Baskin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Developing statewide networks to engage rural clinicians and communities in cancer control research  

  • Hope Krebill, Midwest Cancer Alliance
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break
DCCPS Program Staff, Breakout Room F1/F2
See “Networking Break Guidance” in your folder for more details

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Advancing Rural Cancer Control Through Implementation Science
David Chambers, Deputy Director for Implementation Science, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lightning talks:
Southwest (Yazzie) and Alaska (Redwood)

Session 4Dissemination and Implementation - Scaling up Interventions and Building Partnerships
Chair:  Keith Mueller, University of Iowa

Partnerships in Kentucky with community hospitals to improve quality of care

  • Tim Mullett, University of Kentucky

Disseminating and implementing cancer control interventions in rural healthcare settings: practice-based research networks as partners to guide the way

  • Laura-Mae Baldwin, University of Washington

Developing and sustaining tribal community partnerships to examine and address indoor radon exposure and lung cancer risk

  • Sheldwin Yazzie, Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center

Improving colorectal cancer screening among Alaska Native people

  • Diana Redwood, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Overview of the FOA - Improving the Reach and Quality of Cancer Care in Rural Populations
Shobha Srinivasan, Health Disparities Research Coordinator, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

12:50 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Future Directions
Robert Croyle, Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

Visit Breakout Room G1/G2 for additional resources from NCI and partners

Meeting Dates

May 30, 2018    9:00 am - 5:30 pm
May 31, 2018    8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Meeting Location

The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
National Institutes of Health Main Campus
Bethesda, MD

Hotel Accommodations

Hotels or other accommodations located near a Red Line metro stop are easily accessible from the NIH main campus.
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Getting to the Natcher Conference Center

Public transportation
To get to NIH campus via metro, take the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove to the Medical Center stop. The Natcher Conference Center is a 5-minute walk from the Medical Center station (it is located on Center Drive, directly behind the Medical Center Stop). Information about the Metro transit system, including fares, schedules, and estimated travel times from other stops, can be found at exit disclaimer.

Please note that there are very few visitor parking spaces at NIH, and it is strongly recommended that attendees take public transportation or a taxi to the meeting. However, if you must drive, you can take the Wisconsin Avenue exit from the Capital Beltway (Rte 495) and go 1.5 miles south on Wisconsin Avenue toward Bethesda to the 5th traffic light at Center Drive/Jones Bridge Rd. Turn right onto Center Drive. The Natcher Building is at 45 Center Drive and is located across from the Library of Medicine. Due to increased security on the NIH campus, a guard or policeman will stop you at the entrance to South Drive and ask for your driver's license and the purpose of your visit. You will be sent to a parking lot nearby and your car will be inspected. After the inspection, you will receive a visitor pass. Continue down South Drive to the intersection with Center Drive. Turn left, and then make the third left into the visitor parking lot. This turn is immediately after the turn into the plaza in front of the William H. Natcher Building (Building 45) and just before a large intersection and traffic light.

A map of the NIH campus can be found here:


You will be required to enter the NIH campus through NIH security at the NIH Gateway Center (located at the top of the Medical Center metro escalators) and present a government-issued photo ID. Please allow additional time for this security check.


Please note that breakfast and coffee/snacks will NOT be provided during the meeting; attendees will be responsible for getting their own meals at their own cost.
There is a cafeteria on the first floor of the Natcher Building, which serves food during the following times:

Breakfast: 6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Lite Fare: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

There are also beverage and snack vending machines located throughout the building.

You may opt to pre-purchase a boxed lunch for Day 1 – more details are available through the Registration link exit disclaimer.