The Cancer Health Disparities Training Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers postdoctoral training on cross-cutting health disparity issues across the cancer continuum, from etiology and primary prevention to survivorship. The program includes the major cancers and addresses risk factors, epidemiological bases of disparities, detection, epidemiology, research methods, prevention and control, promotion, screening, communication, community-based participatory research and policy.
Fellows receive up to two years of funding. At the end of each year, each fellow’s performance is evaluated and funding for the next year depends on the progress made. Fellows are assigned faculty mentors in more than one discipline and benefit from the UNC’s highly collaborative, productive and multidisciplinary faculty.
- For full information, download the Cancer Health Disparities Training Program (PDF) brochure
Geni Eng, DrPh, professor of health behavior, is Co-Principal Investigator. Her research focuses on the integration of community development and health education interventions in the rural United States and developing countries. Eng’s current projects apply community-based, participatory research to the design and evaluation of interventions relevant to women, racial and ethnic communities and developing nations. She teaches community organization, cross-cultural aspects of health-education practices, community-based participatory research methodology and photovoice.
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, associate professor of health behavior, is Training Grant Program Director. Lightfoot also serves as director of the community engagement and training cores at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center.
Deborah Tate, PhD, professor of health behavior and nutrition, is Co-Principal Investigator and has over 20 years of re-search in behavioral weight management, particularly delivered through web and mobile platforms. She is also Director of the Communications for Health Applications and Intervention (CHAI) Core for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Nutrition’s NIH Clinical Nutrition Research Center.
September 25, 2023 Scientists from the Gillings School collaborated with N.C. public health experts on an issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal documenting common-sense community-based programs and people that are working to make firearm ownership safer in the state using evidence-based approaches to lower the probability of firearm-related injuries and deaths.