This webinar featured the work of 2019-2020 NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholar, Shellie Ellis, MA, PhD., who presented findings from her project on mapping the capacity of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program to conduct cancer care delivery research in rural communities in the U.S. This study lays the groundwork for redesigning research studies to be more inclusive of, and relevant to, rural communities; creating interventions to support rural sites; and potentially designing creative new models for cancer care delivery systems designed to meet the requirements of rural users.  NCI’s Dr. Janet de Moor and Kathleen Castro provided the webinar’s opening remarks.

Project Overview

Rural cancer patients experience higher mortality and poorer quality of life outcomes than their urban counterparts and disparities are widening. Cancer care delivery research has the potential to improve outcomes and address these disparities by changing how rural providers deliver care. However, little is known regarding the extent to which rural oncology practices participate in cancer care delivery research. Dr. Ellis conducted a mixed methods study to identify the extent to which rural community oncology practices are represented in the largest national oncology research network; their capacity to participate in care delivery research; and factors associated with participation to identify potential strategies to expand capacity to include rural oncology practices in meaningful cancer care delivery research.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should:

  • Understand the capacity of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program to conduct cancer care delivery research in rural communities.
  • Consider potential factors associated with maintaining rural oncology practice research affiliation, opening care delivery studies, and recruiting rural patients to care delivery research.

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Opening Remarks:

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Janet de Moor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Associate Director - National Cancer Institute

Janet S. de Moor is the Deputy Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP) at the Na... Read Bio


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Margo Edmunds, Ph.D., FAMIA

Vice President, Evidence Generation and Translation - AcademyHealth

As Vice President for Evidence Generation and Translation, Dr. Margo Edmunds leads AcademyHealth's portfolios ... Read Bio


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Mary Charlton, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor - University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr. Mary Charlton is an epidemiologist and health services researcher at the University of Iowa College of Pub... Read Bio

About the NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholars Program

The NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholars Program offers mid-career scientists a year-long, funded part-time opportunity to pursue projects at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, Maryland. Scholars are expected to lead a project of their own design and to collaborate with NCI staff on at least one other project. As a benefit of the program, scholars have the opportunity to present their research findings during a poster session at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research meeting and via a public webinar.

The Visiting Scholar(s) are housed in NCI’s Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP), whose mission is to advance innovative research to improve the delivery of cancer-related care. HDRP accomplishes this work through its three Branches: the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch, Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch, and Outcomes Research Branch.  Additionally, HDRP works to advance research in several cross-cutting areas of high scientific priority, including, but not limited to, applying digital health technology and telehealth to improve cancer care delivery; identifying economic drivers of high-value, evidence-based care and addressing the impact of cancer costs on patient outcomes; and identifying organizational and other healthcare system level factors that reinforce systemic racism and promote medical mistrust and evaluating the impact of these factors on cancer care.

More information about HDRP, including current research and funding initiatives, is available on their website.  

Interested in becoming a scholar? Please add your information to the interest list or contact AcademyHealth staff for information on when the next cycle will open.