PECaD congratulates Aimee James, PhD, MPH, on receiving a 3-year, $1.14 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The grant, Understanding and addressing cost-related nonadherence to medication: A mixed method multi-phase study, will build off of previous work that found low-income patients used several strategies to cope with high medical costs and low financial resources. This project also stemmed from Dr. James’ work with the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD) colon cancer community partnership.
Dr. James’ new grant will work with both patients and providers to discuss how patients cope with the high cost of medications and medical procedures and will lead to a pilot intervention to reduce cost-related nonadherence. The overall goal is to help improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities. Dr. James will work with co-investigators Jean Hunleth, PhD, MPH; Su-Hsin Chang, PhD; Cynthia Herrick, MD; and Amy McQueen, PhD.
Dr. James is heavily involved with PECaD as an advisory member, a co-leader of the colon cancer community partnership, and lead on the 8 Ways to Prevent Cancer translation project.