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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. 

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 cancer 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 the American Beverage Foundation for a healthy America for childhood obesity prevention.


Research Themes

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Cancer Prevention and Population Health

CPPH research aims to promote health behaviors that prevent or lessen the risk of cancer occurrence. It identifies the causes of disparities in cancer and seeks to facilitate population health among all, yet particularly in vulnerable and underserved communities that experience cancer health disparities. CPPH includes precision prevention and promotes early detection though adherence to cancer screening guidelines. Research priorities address key factors across the cancer control continuum from prevention to end of life. These priorities include health behavioral research and cancer control interventions that develop and test approaches in tobacco control, dietary patterns, physical activity, health communication and literacy, and other related activities.

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Translational Cancer Research

We are committed to reducing cancer incidence and mortality and improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients. Findings from our population health and health services research inform the development of new programs and new approaches to service delivery for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Our program focuses on “T2” through “T4” of the Clinical and Translational Research Spectrum, which includes: 1) testing population-based interventions in controlled environments to determine efficacy and form the basis for clinical application and evidence-based guidelines; 2) exploring ways of applying current health recommendations or guidelines, and determining appropriate methods for dissemination, communication, and implementation of health services; and 3) studying factors and interventions through population-level outcome studies which identify social determinants of health and ultimately results in improved global health.

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Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach taken by researchers and community members alike in order to highlight health disparities in underserved populations. Scientists and community members are equal partners in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community-level interventions that combat diseases such as obesity and cancer. Also, CBPR emphasizes cultural competency when designing interventions tailored to various racial/ethnic/gender groups. Our commitment to reducing cancer disparities includes the utilization of the CBPR approach on several projects including c-CARE 2, CHANGE, Living My Breast Life, and community gardening focus groups among African Americans.

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Cancer Epidemiology

Cancer epidemiology focuses on the biological origins and pathological and clinical aspects of cancer and identifying the major risk factors for various forms of cancer. By conducting epidemiological research, the “basic science” of public health, we can describe the health status of a population, help in understanding the etiology of cancer. Additionally, we provide evidence-based strategies for health care and policy makers, aid in developing new approaches to effectively treat or mitigate cancer burden, and ultimately control and prevent cancer morbidity and mortality.

Contact Us

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

Program Members

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Martha S. Tingen, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Professor
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Malcolm S. Bevel, PhD, MSPH

  • Assistant Professor
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Samantha R. Jones, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
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Meng-Han Tsai, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
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Marlo Vernon, PhD, MPH

  • Assistant Professor
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Matt Humphries, MS, CCRP

  • Research Operations Manager
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Darryl Nettles, DPA

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Carrie McAteer, MPH, CCRC

  • Project Coordinator
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Sydney Andrzejak, MS

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
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Christine O'Meara, MA, MPH

  • Community Outreach Coordinator
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Maryclaire Regan, MPH

  • Community Program Coordinator
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Brandon Warrick, BS

  • Community Program Coordinator
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Fonda Doby, LSW, TTS

  • Tobacco Cessation Coordinator
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Vishal Doshi, MS

  • Systems Analyst
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April Parham, BS, TTS

  • Patient Educator
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Kaylee Martin, BS

  • Research Associate
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Amy Szoka, BS, ICPS

  • Senior Research Associate
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Lindsay Mangrum

  • Student Research Assistant
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Antonea Evans, BA

  • Community Program Coordinator
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Britny Jackson, MPA,TTS

  • Patient Educator
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Alma Carillo, BS

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Jennifer Plueger, BS

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Hannah Claussen, RN, BSN

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Kiara Houston, MPH

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Jenny Boylston, BS

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Giuliana Larosa, BS

Trina Hudson, BS, MBA

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Patricia MacDonald

  • Administrative Assistant 2


In The News

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CHANGE initiative aims to reduce risk of cancer in Augusta

“At Peabody, residents wanted to increase their access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Dr. Marlo Vernon. “We know eating fresh fruits and vegetables reduces cancer risk; they also help reduce obesity, which is a cancer risk.” 

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NOpioids partnership at Tutt Middle School celebrates conclusion with field day

The partnership, which celebrated its conclusion May 12 with a field day, began in October 2019.

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Moore recognized with AACR Minorities in Cancer Research award

Dr. Justin Xavier Moore has been recognized with an American Association for Cancer Research Minorities in Cancer Research award.

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Augusta University recognizes Black History Month with campus events

Black History Month, originally founded as a weeklong celebration in 1926, serves to celebrate the past and present achievements of Black people.