Cancer places a huge burden on people throughout Kansas. The Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health works closely with KU Cancer Center to improve cancer control in the state and region. Our faculty are improving cancer screening delivery and service uptake, particularly colorectal and breast cancer, in underserved rural and minority communities.
Working with rural primary care doctors, we began our research studying doctor-patient communication and barriers to cancer screening. We since have expanded into American Indian and Latino communities, where we have improved access to cancer screenings and are currently testing a computer access model.
Removing barriers to cancer screening:
Far-reaching collaboration: Our faculty collaborate with Internal and Family Medicine departments, Breast Center and Gastroenterology divisions at KUMC, Haskell Indian Nations University, KU campus in Lawrence and Wichita and with health-care providers.
We serve people from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds: Investigators are focusing on Native American/American Indian, Hispanic and African American populations and on hard-to-reach and medically underserved populations — those in the inner city, with low incomes and in remote rural Kansas communities.
We give back to the communities we serve: Through preventive health education and screening activities, we work with nonprofit, government and educational entities across Kansas.