Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at WVU Honored

 MORGANTOWN, WV— The director of Cancer Prevention and Control at West Virginia University’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center has been honored for her leadership in reducing cancer in Appalachia.

Pamela Brown, M.P.A., received a tribute from Meharry Medical College, Baylor College of Medicine and the Intercultural Cancer Council (ICC) for her outstanding contributions to cancer control in Appalachia during the recent launch of the second edition of the pocket guide: “Cultural Competency in Cancer Care: A Health Professional’s Passport.”

Brown coordinated a multi-institutional team that wrote the chapter on Appalachia for the pocket guide, a publication from the Intercultural Cancer Council, which Brown chairs.

“Highlights from the chapter provide insight into Appalachian heritage and culture by revealing common values, demographics, health behaviors, and risks,” says Brown.  “Specific approaches are recommended to assist healthcare providers in communicating effectively with patients about cancer.”

Pamela Brown, M.P.A 

Under the direction of Brown, WVU’s Cancer Prevention and Control provides leadership on cancer control issues nationally, regionally, statewide, and in local communities.

In 2000, Brown received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Service from the WVU School of Medicine.  She has served on the Oncology Nursing Society Consumer Advisory Panel, the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Health Disparities “Think Tank” on Cervical Cancer, the C-Change Prevention and Early Detection Team, and as a Cultural Advisor to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Brown is also the Principal Investigator of the NCI Cancer Information Service serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia and the Regional Principal Investigator for the NCI Appalachia Community Cancer Network in West Virginia and Maryland.

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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