Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities 

Research Meeting on May 4-5, 2017
Fed Ex institute of TechnologY
university of memphis


Cancer disparities research among rural populations can address barriers including limited access to health providers, a constrained and fragmented care delivery infrastructure, fewer community resources to support preventive care, and difficulty with continuity of care and coordinated communication among care providers.

The Rural Cancer Control research meeting brought together a community of researchers to address cancer prevention and control in rural areas in order to identify opportunities for future rural cancer control research that can be translated into effective interventions leading to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. 

Planning Committee

Lisa M Klesges, PhD, MS; School of Public Health, University of Memphis (Chair)
Michelle Bennett, PhD; National Cancer Institute
Edward Ellerbeck,MD, MPH; University of Kansas
Kevin English, DrPH; Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
Michelle Martin, PhD; University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Kathi Mooney, RN, PhD; University of Utah
Tracy Onega, PhD; Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy
Raymond Osarogiagbon, MD; Baptist Hospital of Memphis
Shobha Srinivasan, PhD, National Cancer Institute
Robin Vanderpool, PhD, Markey Cancer Center, University of Kentucky
Hannah Weir, PhD; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gary Wiltz, MD; Teche Action Clinics, Louisiana

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, May 4, 2017

11:00 am - 12:00 pm          Meeting Registration (Lunch on your own)
12:00-12:10 pm  Welcome & Opening Remarks
• David Rudd, President, University of Memphis
 12:10-12:20 pm  Connecting People and Possibilities
Rob Carter, Executive VP, FedEx Corporation
 12:20-12:40 pm  Making the Case for Investment in Rural Cancer Control
Robert Croyle, Director, Div of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, NCI
 Improving the Burden of Rural Cancer: Challenges to Address
12:40-1:30 pm Implementing Successful Rural Prevention Programs
Electra Paskett, HPV Vaccination in Rural Communities
Kris Rhodes, Tobacco Prevention in Tribal Communities
Samantha Harden, Engaging Extension Services for Obesity Prevention
1:30 -1:35 pm
1:35-1:55 pm
Guided Discussion: Prioritizing Challenges in Rural Cancer Control
Discussant: Robin Vanderpool
Moderated Panel: Paskett, Rhodes, Harden
2:00-2:10 pm Break
 Emerging Research Methods in Rural Cancer Control
 2:10-3:00 pm • Tracy Onega, Multi-Level and Geospatial Approaches in Cancer Control
Stephanie Wheeler, Systems Models in Rural Cancer Control Implementation
Rebecca Lobb, Implementation Science: Lessons Learned in Rural Cancer Control
3:00-3:05 pm
3:05-3:25 pm
Guided Discussion: Opportunities in Rural Cancer Control Research
Discussant: Hannah Weir
Moderated Panel: Onega, Wheeler, Lobb
 3:25-4:35 pm  Small Group Discussions [Move from Auditorium to Adjoining Rooms]
 4:45-5:15 pm  Reporting Back [AutoZone Auditorium]
 5:30-7:15 pm  Reception & Poster Session


Friday, May 5, 2017

7:30-8:00 am Continental Breakfast – FedEx Institute
8:00-8:05 am Welcome 2nd Day
Lisa M Klesges, University of Memphis; and Ray Osarogiagbon, Baptist Hospital
  Digital Divide and Information Technology Disparities in Rural America
8:05-8:50 am Data, Tools & Technology: Connecting Rural Populations
David Ahern, Meaningful Use as a Lever in Rural Communities – Patient Portals
Martin Kistin, Project ECHO
Chris Gibbons, Connect2Health  
8:50-8:55 am
8:55-9:15 am
Guided Discussion: Bridging the Digital Divide in Oncology Informatics
Discussant: Brad Hesse
Moderated Panel: Ahern, Kistin, Gibbons
  Clinical Research and Quality of Rural Cancer Care
9:15-10:00 am Susan Peterson, CYCORP: Comparative Effectiveness with Connected Patients
Paul Moore, Rural Health Systems and Quality Collaboratives
• Kathi Mooney, Symptom Management in Rural Cancer Patients
10:00-10:05 am
10:05-10:25 am
Guided Discussion: Establishing Rural Networks and Improving Quality of Care
Discussant: Ed Ellerbeck
Moderated Panel: Peterson, Mooney, Moore
10:25-10:35 am Break
Rural Health Delivery Research: Access & Engagement
10:35-11:20 am Melinda Davis, Reducing Disparities in Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer
• Ray Osarogiagbon, Multidisciplinary Team-Based Models of Cancer Care
Christie Befort, Patient and Provider Engagement in Rural Health Delivery
11:20-11:25 am
11:25-11:45 am
Guided Discussion: Improving Access, Engagement, and Experiences of Care
Discussant: Sallie Weaver
Moderated Panel: Davis, Osarogiagbon, Befort
11:45-11:55 am Pick up lunches, transition to breakout rooms
12:00-1:00 pm Small Group Discussions over Lunch - Breakouts
1:00-1:25 pm Reporting Back [AutoZone Auditorium]
1:30-2:00 pm Remarks by Senator Lamar Alexander
Public Health and Community Capacity: Aligning Research to Reduce Rural Disparities
2:00-2:45 pm J Michael Oakes, Building a Culture of Rural Health
Marcia Ory, Promoting Public Health through State Cancer Control Plans
Maria Fernandez, Building Capacity for Implementing Community-Based rural Cancer Control Research
2:45-2:50 pm
2:50-3:10 pm
Guided Discussion: Connecting Cancer Control with Rural Communities
Discussant: Ernie Hawk [Invited]
Moderator: Michelle Martin
Panel: Oakes, Ory, Fernandez, Hawk
3:10-3:30 pm Rural Cancer Control Research: Next Steps
Lisa Richardson, CDC
3:30-4:20 pm Large Group Discussion
Moderator: Shobha Srinivasan, Michelle Bennett
4:20-4:25 pm Closing Remarks & Adjourn