Community-engaged cancer research with Alaska Native people

Title: Community-engaged cancer research with Alaska Native people

Date: Friday January 15 2021

Time: 1pm – 2pm (PST)

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Dr. Sarah Nash

Abstract: This presentation will provide a brief introduction to some of the community-engaged health services research that Dr. Nash has been involved in across the cancer continuum to address cancer concerns among Alaska Native people. One study will be presented in detail to provide an example of the community-engaged research process. The audience will learn about pilot work, led by Dr. Nash, to understand risk and protective factors for colorectal cancer among Alaska Native people. Alaska Native people have among the highest rates of colorectal cancer globally, and understanding why is a priority of Tribal health leaders and researchers.

Bio: Dr Nash is the Director of Cancer Surveillance at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In this role, she manages the Alaska Native Tumor Registry, and is also involved with registry-related research to understand the causes of cancer disparities among Alaska Native people. She earned her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship with the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. Dr. Nash’s work is community-engaged, and increasingly uses a mixed-methods approach. Her interests include cancer health services research, cancer surveillance, and Indigenous health disparities.