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Emory: CDC Grant Supports Cancer Prevention in Rural Georgia

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC) $8 million in a five-year grant, Emory University researchers at Winship Cancer Institute and the Rollins School of Public Health announced today.

The new grant award will enable the Emory Prevention Research Center, housed at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, to continue its mission to prevent cancer in rural Georgia. The principal investigator for the grant, Dr. Michelle Kegler, is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education at Rollins, director of the Winship Intervention Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Shared Resource, and a member of Winship’s Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Research Program.

The grant will support the EPRC’s community-engaged research in rural southwest Georgia as well as several additional research projects. The newly-funded EPRC will focus on work that translates evidence-based cancer prevention and control interventions to the local level, including a project to improve low HPV vaccination rates and a project related to early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

The fourth project will implement an intervention to create home food environments that support healthy eating and weight-gain prevention. Working with partners in rural southwest Georgia and United Way’s 2-1-1 resources in Albany, Macon, Columbus, and Atlanta, the intervention, called Healthy Homes/Healthy Families, will address the obesity epidemic.

“We’re really looking forward to studying the scale-up of our healthy eating intervention and learn whether it works as well when delivered by telephone as it did with home visits,” says Dr. Kegler.

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