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Giving up smoking, eating better and exercising can improve overall health — these simple steps can also make it less likely someone will develop cancer. It is a message Dr. Martha Tingen, associate director of the Georgia Cancer Center's Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health Program, wants all Georgians to hear.

Each member of the Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health Program reaches out to community organizations, schools and other civic groups to promote the importance of prevention, early detection and regular screenings and particularly in addressing can health disparities and health equity. Community outreach and engagement is the foundation of the program and the team consults with community leaders to stay current with the populations they represent and to maintain open channels of communication on a variety of topics.

As part of our research in this area, the Georgia Cancer Center has partnered with Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis for the Augusta Fit Families program through the United States Conference of Mayors and and the American Beverage Foundation for a healthy America for childhood obesity prevention.


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Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health

Health Sciences Campus

Georgia Cancer Center - M. Bert Storey Research Building

(706) 721-3584

1410 Laney Walker Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30912

Research Topics

Program Members


Martha Tingen, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Health

Marlo Vernon, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Samantha Sojourner, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ghadeer Albashir, DrPH, MPA

Postdoctoral Fellow

Vishal Doshi, MS

Systems Analyst

Matt Humphries, MS, CCRP

Research Operations Manager

Gina Hopf, BS

Research Assistant

Amy Szoka, BS, CP

Senior Research Associate

Ronisha McDowell, BS

Research Assistant

Rachael Bonitatibus

Office Assistant

Connie Edwards, RN

Oncology Research Nurse

Amy McIntyre, MAT

Community Program Coordinator

Christine O'Meara, MA, MPH

Community Outreach Coordinator

Amber McIntire

Research Support Assistant

Deidra Talbert-Johnson, BS

Administrative Assistant 1

Lindsay Mangrum

Office Assistant

Seth Wade

Office Assistant


Cancer Research News

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Texting for a Healthier Pregnancy

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From the Wire: R&D 2020

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