Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities: SCC-SIUSM Partnership

Faculty involved: Graham Colditz, Aimee James, Erin Linnenbringer, Mary Politi, Siobhan Sutcliffe

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The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSM) and its Simmons Cancer Institute serve much of the central rural, southern rural, and Delta regions of Illinois. These rural communities have higher poverty rates and are medically underserved with disparately high cancer burden. SIUSM has established a partnership with the NCI-designated Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center (SCC) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and Siteman’s Prevention and Control Program, entitled, Addressing Rural Cancer Health Disparities: An SCC-SIUSM Partnership. Siteman Cancer Center (SCC) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSM) are committed to creating an integrated partnership that will build SIUSM’s research capacity and success conducting NIH-funded cancer disparity research, while also enhancing Siteman’s rural cancer awareness, research and reach.

View the Partnership’s website for additional information.


Zahnd WE, James AS, Jenkins WD, Izadi SR, Fogleman AJ, Steward DE, Colditz GA,
Brard L. Rural-Urban Differences in Cancer Incidence and Trends in the United
States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Jul 27. pii: cebp.0430.2017. doi:
10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0430. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28751476.

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