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WashU Professor Awarded $2.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Mis-implementation of Cancer Programs

Dr. Ross Brownson, the Bernard Becker Professor and director of the Prevention Research Center at the Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School Public Health Programs, has been awarded a $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute for a study examining mis-implementation of cancer control programs.

[Photo: Dr. Ross Brownson]

“The grant is looking to identify some of the reasons why cancer control programs at state public health departments continue when there isn’t a solid evidence base for them and also why some programs don’t continue when there is a solid evidence base for them,” Dr. Brownson said.

“In times of limited resources, these are critical decisions for making use of precious public funds and applying science-based programs and policies.”

The grant, “Mis-implementation in Cancer Prevention and Control,” runs through 2022.

In collaboration with the Brookings Institution, Dr. Brownson and his team are seeking to assess how often programs are not properly implemented, the contributing factors, and what knowledge or information can help to ensure that evidence-based cancer control programs are implemented and sustained.

“This study is the first of its kind and applies innovative approaches,” he said. “We will employ a nation-wide survey of state health department practitioners to identify these factors and utilize in-depth case studies to highlight lessons learned.

“Finally, we will employ computational modeling as a tool to identify and predict successful implementation of evidence-based cancer control programs and simulate how we can prevent non-evidence based programs from continuing.”