The Susan G. Komen for the Cure grant has allowed CAICH to fully fund three Native graduate students who will focus their studies on issues related to breast cancer among American Indians.
Pictured to the right: Komen Scholars (L-R) Crisandra Wilkie, Jordyn Gunville and Kelly Berryhill
Kelly Berryhill is Sac & Fox from Lawrence, KS. She chose the MPH program because she wanted to help others make lifestyle changes. One of her favorite aspects of being at KU Med is engaging with the faculty and staff and working at CAICH. After obtaining her MPH Kelly plans to work in a tribal clinic or Indian Health Services in diabetes prevention and management.
Jordyn Gunville is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe from Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She decided to get a MPH degree because she wanted to gap health disparities by addressing the social determinants of health among American Indian communities. Her favorite aspect of KU Med is being able to work with CAICH conducting research in American Indian communities. Her future plans are to become a family doctor and go back to her reservation to practice medicine and stay involved in research.
Crisandra Wilkie is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She decided to get her MPH because it is a vast field that focuses on health disparities. Crisandra says she enjoys the support system she has found at KU Med from her fellow students, as well as the faculty and staff. After receiving her degree she hopes to work with Native American communities to improve mental health services and treatment.
American Association for Cancer Research Conference
The Graduate Training in Disparities Research Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the AACR conference. CAICH team members Kelly Berryhill, Crisandra Wilkie, Joseph Pacheco, and Jason Hale attended the meeting and gave impactful poster and oral presentations. Crisandra Wilkie presented to more than 40 Susan G. Komen grantees. Scholars in this session gave presentations on current breast cancer research within minority populations. Kelly Berryhill and Joseph Pacheco presented posters that generated a lot of interest from other Komen Scholars and also their mentors to learn more about breast cancer initiatives with American Indian communities.
Oral presentation: Graduate Training in Disparities Research Annual Meeting; 2016 Sept. 24-25; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.:
Posters presented at: Ninth AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved; 2016 Sept 25-28; Fort Lauderdale, Fla..: