The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network is a national network of academic,
public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer,
especially among those disproportionately affected. Its members conduct community
and partner-engaged cancer research across its eight network centers, crossing academic
affiliations and geographic boundaries. We at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program
host one of these eight centers, the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Network (SC-CPCRN). The SC-CPCRN also participated during the previous cycle
of the CPCRN (2009-2014).
Our goal at the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (SC-CPCRN)
is to reduce cancer-related health disparities among disenfranchised and medically
underserved populations by advancing dissemination and implementation (D&I) science,
increasing the cancer prevention and control evidence base across South Carolina,
and translating effective multi-level, community-clinical interventions into practice
both in South Carolina and nationally.
We are committed to: (1) disseminating, implementing, and evaluating efficacious,
multi-level, and multi-site public health interventions to address cancer-related
health disparities; (2) engaging local, regional, and national community partners
and stakeholders in research, training, and technical assistance to increase the cancer
prevention and control evidence base and translate effective interventions into practice,
and; (3) increasing participation in cancer prevention and control behaviors, such
as cancer screening, physical activity, and access to and consumption of healthful
foods among high-risk and disparate populations.
Co-Director, Office for the Study of Aging
Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Affiliate Faculty, USC Prevention Research Center and Women’s and Gender Studies Program email@example.com
Dr. Friedman is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Health Promotion,
Education, and Behavior and core faculty in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.
She is also an affiliate of the Prevention Research Center and Women’s & Gender Studies
Program at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Friedman’s graduate degrees are in
health studies and gerontology with specialty training in health and cancer communication.
She serves as director of USC’s interdisciplinary Certificate of Graduate Study in
Health Communication and co-director of the Office for the Study of Aging. Friedman’s
community- and stakeholder-engaged research is focused on health and cancer communication
with diverse older adults. Specifically, she evaluates how communities access, understand,
and use disease risk and prevention information, and examines the use of innovative
strategies to promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based, language
appropriate, and culturally relevant messages and programs. Currently she serves as
Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Network II and served as co-lead of the national CPCRN FQHC workgroup. Dr. Friedman
is also a PI on the CDC-funded South Carolina Healthy Brain Initiative Network Collaborating
Center and PI of an NIEHS grant focused on how to communicate about the environmental
risks of breast cancer.
Dr. Hébert received his masters’ degree in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from
the University of Washington and his doctorate in Nutritional Epidemiology from Harvard
University. Since coming to the University of South Carolina in 1999, he has received
43 federally funded grants focusing on diet and other risk factors and cancers of
various anatomic sites. These include breast, cervical, colorectal, prostate, and
those of the upper aerodigestive tract. In September 2003, Dr. Hébert became the Founding
Director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program. Besides
being Co-Principal Investigator of the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control
Research Network II he was Principal Investigator of the NCI-funded South Carolina
Cancer Disparities Community Network from 2005 to 2017. Of relevance to networking,
as of early June 2018 Dr. Hébert has published over 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals
with 1134 different individuals from 309 different institutions (not just different
departments within an institution). Relevant to the networking and interdisciplinary
research goals of the SC-CPCRN, these efforts have usually involved one or more other
individuals from USC, represent work that crosses numerous disciplinary boundaries,
and involves the institutions in intellectual and technology transfers to great mutual
benefit. Many current and former protégés are part of these collaborations. To illustrate,
in the past 10 years, Dr. Hébert has published 355 papers (listed in the National
Library of Medicine database as of 6 June 2018) including the names of individuals
who are trainees or former trainees 817 times (in many instances these individuals
are listed as the first author of the paper).
Swann Arp Adams, PhD SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Associate Director, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Co-Director, Cancer Survivorship Center Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Nursing firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Adams has been conducting research in South Carolina for over 20 years. Her research
has predominately focused on understanding the determinants of cancer health disparities
experienced by African Americans and ways to intervene to improve these inequalities.
Dr. Adams has received grant funding from multiple sources including the National
Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South Carolina
Cancer Alliance, and the South Carolina Cancer Center among others. She has also received
awards for her work from the Arnold School of Public Health, the Vice President for
Research of USC, and the College of Nursing.
Heather M. Brandt, PhD SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator Associate Professor, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Core Faculty, Cancer Prevention and Control Program Faculty Affiliate, Faculty Affiliate, TechHealth-Technology Center to Promote Healthy
Lifestyles and Women's and Gender Studies Program email@example.com
Dr. Brandt’s research program in cancer prevention and control is focused on examining,
describing, and intervening upon cancer-related health disparities through innovative
approaches in partnership with the “community” (defined broadly and diversely). This
research emphasizes dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches,
knowledge-based practice, and co-creating knowledge with stakeholders to address disparities
through informed action on multiple levels. Most of her work has been done with churches,
non-profit organizations, and health care clinics in rural areas of South Carolina
to increase cervical cancer screening, HPV vaccination, and colorectal cancer screening.
She previously co-led the community-clinical linkages to support HPV vaccination signature
project and is currently a member of the rural health workgroup. She is the recipient
of several awards, including the 2017 J. Marion Sims Award for contributions to public
health (South Carolina Public Health Association), 2016 Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal
(Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina), 2015 James A. Keith
Excellence in Teaching Award (Arnold School of Public Health, University of South
Carolina), and 2016 Judith R. Miller Award and 2013 Early Career Award from the Public
Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section of the American Public Health
Association (APHA). She is a member of the American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board, Co-Leader of the 80% by 2018 Evaluation Committee of the National
Colorectal Cancer Round Table, and a member of the National HPV Vaccination Round
Table in addition to other professional and scientific memberships.
Jan Eberth, MSPH, PhD, FACE is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of
Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina and Director of
the Rural and Minority Health Research Center. Dr. Eberth received her doctoral degree
in epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a postdoctoral
fellowship in health services research from MD Anderson Cancer Center. The focus of
her research over the past decade has been on cancer health disparities, particularly
understanding the socioeconomic and structural barriers that impede adequate access
and utilization to cancer screening and treatment. Dr. Eberth is a leader within the
cancer prevention and control community in South Carolina and nationwide, serving
as an invited member of the newly formed National Lung Cancer Roundtable, Chair of
the Lung Cancer workgroup of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and Co-Chair of the
CPCRN Rural Cancer Workgroup. She is also an active member of the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network, a grassroots volunteer organization that advocates
for the advancement of cancer research and policy. Dr. Eberth is a Fellow of the American
College of Epidemiology and has been active in the college since 2007. She served
on the ACE Board of Directors as its Associate Member representative from 2008-2010,
Vice-Chair of the Communications Committee from 2010-2013, and as Chair of the Communications
Committee from 2014-2016. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of the Annals
of Epidemiology, the official journal publication of ACE.
Venice Haynes, MSPH
Venice Haynes is a fourth-year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina,
Arnold School of Public Health in the department of Health Promotion, Education and
Behavior. She received her Master of Science in Public Health in 2009 from Meharry
Medical College and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Tennessee State University
in 2003. She has worked on a variety of CDC and NIH funded projects providing technical
assistance to community-based organizations in Georgia, North and South Carolina in
the areas of evidence-based breast and cervical cancer programming and interventions
for African American women. Other projects included research studies to understand
HPV vaccine acceptability in African American and Latino boys and girls across Georgia.
Additionally, she has worked in collaboration with a community-based organization
on the adaptation of a cervical cancer intervention program for African Americans
in a faith-based setting. Her current dissertation research looks at the sociocultural
impact on cervical cancer prevention and control behaviors on women in Peru with plans
to expand this work into other low and middle-income countries. Other research interests
include cancer prevention and control with a focus on social determinants of health
and health disparities, global women’s health, and health communication.
Dr. Heiney is the Founding Director of the Cancer Survivorship Center for the College
of Nursing at USC and the PI of a funded award to explore cancer treatment adherence
in African Americans. She has 30 years of experience as a clinician and researcher
and has focused on behavioral interventions for cancer patients. Dr. Heiney’s research
has included a broad range across the cancer treatment continuum from breast and prostate
cancer to interventions for families of pediatric oncology patients. She has applied
community based participatory research approaches in many of her projects. Dr. Heiney
has also worked extensively with community partners, especially the American College
of Surgeons accredited community cancer centers in South Carolina. She has expertise
in the recruitment of minorities to behavioral studies which included a recently completed
R-01 psychosocial intervention among African American women titled, “STORY- Sisters
Tell Others and Revive Yourself.” Dr. Heiney has been involved in studies using therapeutic
group approaches, physical activity, diet, and story-telling. Her successful and productive
research regarding behavioral interventions also includes the exploration of inflammatory
markers, demonstrating her abilities to contribute greatly to the efforts of the national
CPCRN, SC-CPCRN, and project partners.
Mr. Hurley is a Senior Biostatistician in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program
(CPCP) as well as Director of both the Data Management and Analysis Unit (DMAU) and
the Dietary Assessment Research Unit (DARU). His interest is in diet assessment methodology,
the role of diet and physical activity in health, and the effectiveness of cancer
screening programs to reduce disease.
Cathy L. Melvin, PhD, MPH SC-CPCRN II Consultant and Partner Professor, Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina Associate Director, Community Engagement Core, SCTR, Clinical & Translational Science
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Dr. Melvin’s career focuses on research synthesis, the translation of research into
practice, the development and testing of evidence-based programs, and investigating
approaches to promoting program growth and reach. Her local, state, national and international
experiences in a variety of topical areas focus directly and indirectly on using evidence-based
approaches to improve health care practice and/or change individual and/or group behavior.
Dr. Melvin has served as Principal Investigator of the CPCRN site at UNC, the Comprehensive
Cancer Control Collaborative of North Carolina (4CNC) and as Co-Investigator of the
CPCRN Coordinating Center also located at UNC from 2004 to 2012. She joined the faculty
at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2012 and serves as the Team Lead for
Dissemination Research at the Hollings Cancer Center and as Associate Director for
Community Engagement for SCTR, MUSC’s CTSA. Dr. Melvin’s active projects address topics
including physical activity to reduce joint pain during aromatase inhibitor therapy
for breast cancer patients; brief, novel smoking cessation in primary care; enhancing
quality and access to lifestyle counseling and health behavior change in primary care
settings; evaluating the effects of strategies for disseminating and implementing
risk education protocols among community-based organizations and residents; and other
community engaged research.
Sam Noblet, MPH SC-CPCRN II Project Coordinator Cancer Prevention & Control Program
Sam Noblet is a recent MPH graduate of the Physical Activity and Public Health program
in the Department of Exercise Science at the Arnold School of Public Health and is
the Project Coordinator for the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Network. He currently serves on the advisory council for the CDC Colorectal Cancer
Screening Program in South Carolina. During his Masters practicum, Sam worked alongside
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the Core for Applied
Research and Evaluation process evaluation team for the SC FitnessGram implementation.
His primary interests include the various health benefits of physical activity, particularly
in relation to chronic disease prevention. NOBLET@mailbox.sc.edu
Dr. Ureda grew up in California where he received his bachelor degree in biology from
the University of California at Riverside and a master’s and doctoral degree from
the University of California, Berkeley. He came to South Carolina to Chair the Department
of Health Promotion and Education in the USC School of Public Health in 1983 after
teaching at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University for five
years. He and his wife Sue have lived in Columbia since, where they raised their two
boys, Cale and Kent. Dr. Ureda is a strong advocate of health for all. He played a
key role in starting the Best Chance Network for Woman’s Cancer Screening, the Woman’s
Cancer Coalition, the Project Assist Stop Smoking Program, the South Carolina Cancer
Research Network, the South Carolina Cancer Alliance and the South Carolina Cancer
Disparities Community Network. He also serves on the Cancer Control Advisory Council
to the Commissioner of SC DHEC. He currently runs his own consulting business, Insights
Consulting, and is a National Cancer Institute funded researcher who works to develop
partnerships between Universities and communities to promote health and prevent disease,
particularly with regard to the elimination of health disparities. He is an Adjunct
Associate Professor in the USC Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health
Promotion, Education and Behavior and a frequent subcontractor on community-based
participatory research grants.
Dr. Wandersman is a Retired Professor of Psychology and expert in implementation science
and program evaluation. He performs research and program evaluation on citizen participation
in community organizations and coalitions. Dr. Wandersman has extensive experience
in program evaluation spanning small institutional grants as well as state wide programs
funded by NIH, NSF and CDC among others. He is a co‐editor of three books on empowerment
evaluation, and a coauthor of several Getting To Outcomes books (how‐to manuals for
planning, implementation, and evaluation to achieve results‐based accountability).
Along with colleagues, he developed a synthesis of 25 implementation science frameworks
called the Quality Implementation Framework that is being applied in research and
practice. Dr. Wandersman collaborated with the CDC to develop the Interactive Systems
Framework for Dissemination and Implementation which was the subject of two special
issues of a peer‐reviewed journal. He also developed translational products used by
thousands of practitioners and has written peer-reviewed articles on synthesis and
translation. Dr. Wandersman has been awarded publication and career awards from the
American Evaluation Association.
Brooks Yelton, MAGraduate Assistant
Cancer Prevention & Control Program | Health Promotion, Education,
Brooks Yelton is a Graduate Assistant for the South Carolina Cancer Prevention and
Control Research Network (SC CPCRN), and the Department of Health Promotion, Education,
and Behavior. She is currently a student in the Master of Social Work Program, and
is specializing in the area of Health and Mental Health. Her primary research interests
focus on health disparities, especially regarding psychosocial barriers to health
screening and treatment, and psychosocial support in healthcare. Previously, Brooks
served as a Research Consultant for the SC-CPCRN.
Vicki Young, PhD SC-CPCRN II Co-Investigator and Partner Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association email@example.com
Dr. Young, PhD, is the Chief Operating Officer of the South Carolina Primary Health
Care Association (SCPHCA). She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations
of the SCPHCA. As the Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Young is involved with short-term
and long-term strategic planning for the SCPHCA. Additional duties include the implementation
of monitoring systems to ensure the association’s goals and operating standards are
met. Dr. Young has experience with health care research focusing on access to care
and health disparities. She has also worked at the community level with the implementation
of health education programs and on the academic level as an instructor and assistant
dean with the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy. Dr. Young is committed
to the improvement of the health status for all by addressing the multiple factors
that impact health with emphasis on access to and the provision of quality health
care as well as patient level health education and self-management. During the previous
CPCRN cycle, the SC-CPCRN in partnership with the SCPHCA, provided a series of trainings
to South Carolina federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). The training series
was based on findings from the Practice Enhancement Opportunity Assessment (PEOA).
The training sessions provided education, skills, and technical assistance in the
research process to SC FQHCs in an effort to encourage the use of quality improvement
data in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practice, programs,
and services. The sessions were recorded and posted on the SCPHCA website for broader
The SC-CPCRN is co-leading the following signature projects for the national network:
CDC Cancer Screening Programs
This project is working to extend research to organizations that partner with the
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Colorectal Cancer
Control Program to promote and deliver cancer screening services locally, with an
eye toward developing and pilot-testing interventions to increase and support partner
organizations’ evidence-based intervention use in their local communities.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
The Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Signature Project collaborates with
community health centers and state and national associations representing FQHCs to
strengthen and evaluate existing colorectal cancer screening initiatives at the patient,
clinic, and community level in order to increase colorectal cancer screening rates
among the populations served by FQHCs and primary care associations.
Human Papillomavirus Vaccination
The HPV Signature Project is working to contribute to the science and evidence-base
supporting innovative community-clinical linkages to increase HPV vaccination initiation
and completion among adolescents and young adults.
Alia, K.A., Freedman, D.A., Brandt, H.M., Gibson-Haigler, P., & Friedman, D.B. (In
press). A participatory model for evaluating a multilevel farmers’ market intervention.
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
Melvin, C. Dissemination and Implementation Opportunities. Presentation at the Cancer
Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, November
Wandersman, A. & Osher, D. Investing in What Works: Scaling Up Evidence Based Interventions
with Practical Implementation Science. Presentation at the Cancer Prevention and Control
Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, November 13, 2014.
Vanderpool, R. & Friedman, D.B. Multi-Level, Community-Clinical Intervention in Partnership
with FQHCs. Presentation at the CPCRN Kickoff Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 12, 2014.
Wandersman, A.H. Use of Theory in Implementation Research: Using the Interactive Systems
Framework as a Lens for Readiness in Cancer Control. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Advanced Topics in Implementation Science Research Webinar Series, Division of Cancer
Control & Population Sciences, April 30, 2015.
Liang S, Kegler MC, Fernandez ME, Friedman DB, Risendal B, Herrmann AK, Tu SP, Carvalho
M, Weiner BJ. Assessing practice adaptive reserve for implementing evidence-based
practices to increase cancer screening in primary care. 8th Annual Conference on the
Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health, Washington, DC. (Poster Presented
14-15 Dec 2015)
Adams, SA. Cervical Cancer Screening at Federally-Qualified Health Centers: Does Distance
Matter? Presentation in Greenville, South Carolina. (Presented 7-8 Jan 2016)
Brandt HM. Partnered- and Engaged-approaches to address Cancer-related Health Disparities.
Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health,
Lexington, Kentucky. (Presented 25 Feb 2016).
Wandersman, A.H, Implementation Science and Organizational Readiness: Bridging Research
and Practice. Chapel Hill, NC, April 1-2, 2016
Friedman, D.B., Brandt, H.M., Adams, S.A, Wandersman, A.H., Young, V.M., Ureda, J.R.,
Heiney, S.P., Melvin, C.L., Hurley, T.G., Choi, S.K., Seel, J.S., Campbell, D.A.,
Smith, K.L., Hébert, J.R. The South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research
Network: Reducing Cancer Disparities through Dissemination and Implementation Science.
The 9th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture. April 1, 2016, Columbia,
SC (Abstract Booklet)
Brandt, H.M. Partnered and Engaged Approaches to Address Cancer‐ Related Health Disparities.
2016 Iowa Cancer Summit. Ankeny, Iowa, October 18-19, 2016 (Invited Talk)
Brandt, H.M., Vanderpool, R., Curry,S.J., Taylor,V., Farris, P., Daniel-Ulloa, J.,
Lee-Lin, F. et al. (December 14 - 15, 2016) Exploring Community Clinical Linkages
to Support HPV Vaccination: A Multi-Site Case Study. Paper presented as poster at
the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Washington,
Wandersman, A.H., & Alia, K.A. Applying Organizational Readiness (R=MC2) to Your Program.
Atlanta, GA, January 26, 2017 (Invited Talk)
Rohweder, C.L., Friedman, D.B. (South Carolina is co-lead), Leeman, J. Ko, L.K., &
Glanz, K. (August 14-16, 2017). Partnering for Prevention: The Cancer Prevention and
Control Research Network's collaborations with Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Presented as part of symposium panel at the 2017 CDC National Cancer Conference, Atlanta,
Vanderpool, R.C., Brandt, H.M. (South Carolina is co-lead), Seegmiller, L., Stradtman,
L.R., Daniel-Ulloa, J., Vu, T., Taylor, V., Farris, P., & Curry, S.J. (August 14-16,
2017). Federally Qualified Health Centers as a key partner in community-clinical linkages
to support HPV vaccination. Presented as part of symposium panel at the 2017 CDC National
Cancer Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Choi S.K., Seel J.S., Steck S.E., Payne J., McCormick D., Schrock C.S., & Friedman
D.B. ( August 14-16, 2017). Talking about your prostate: Perspectives from providers
and community members. Poster Presentation at the 2017 CDC National Cancer Conference,
Askelson, N.M., Flocke, S.A., Friedman, D.B., Glanz, K., Heiney, S.P., Ko, L.K. et
al, How Federally Qualified Health Centers Select and Implement Multi-level Evidence-based
Interventions to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Qualitative Study. Poster
presentation at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation,
Brandt, H.M., Gibson, A., Khan, S., Haynes, V., Botchway, M., Davis, L., Williams,
L. et al, (December 4-6, 2017) Outcomes of Dissemination and Implementation of a Lay
Health-delivered Intervention with African American Churches. Poster presentation
at the 10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation,
Isenhower, D., New, C., & Friedman, D.B. Health literacy: Developing a uniform assessment
tool for statewide use. South Carolina Hospital Association Transforming Health Symposium,
Columbia, SC, April 10, 2018 (Invited Panelist).
Friedman, D.B., & Rohweder, C. What are FQHCs doing to increase rates of colorectal
cancer screening? Training for Champions for Colorectal Cancer Screening in South
Carolina Columbia, SC, June 20, 2018 (Invited Webinar Presentation)
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