2010 Southeast Region Volunteer Awards
October 14, 2010
Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert is an Associate Professor and Director of the Community and Diversity Initiative at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, where she provides leadership of community outreach and education activities. She is an internationally recognized leader in cancer prevention and control research and health disparities. At the University of Pennsylvania, she is the acknowledged leader in health disparities and community-based participatory research, and she has distinguished herself for using transdisciplinary approaches to improving health outcomes in medically underserved populations.
The goal of Dr. Hughes-Halbert's program is to identify sociocultural, psychological, and environmental determinants to health disparities and to translate this information into interventions to improve health outcomes to medically underserved populations.
Dr. Hughes-Halbert also has an extraordinary commitment to community service. She applies her expertise in community-based participatory research to ensure that community stakeholders are actively and meaningfully engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community education programs. As a participant in the American Cancer Society Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer conference, she has held workshops on genetic counseling and testing in African American women.
For her commitment to the American Cancer Society, and her research of cancer prevention and disparities, the Southeast Region is proud to present Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert with this Cancer Control Award.