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Colorado: New Project Brings Cancer Prevention, Detection and Care to Rural Colorado

The National Cancer Institute has awarded an interdisciplinary team a five-year, $4.2 million dollar grant through the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot to discover, design and implement interventions to close the rural/urban gap in cancer outcomes in Colorado. The project is a collaboration of the Colorado School of Public Health, CU Cancer Center, and the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (CU School of Medicine), the Data Science to Patient Value program (CU School of Medicine), and Kaiser Colorado.

The project includes five core areas:

  1. An implementation laboratory that partners university researchers with rural primary care facilities across the state. This laboratory will allow rural health centers that are not university or federally funded to do their own research, as well as test out and refine interventions.
  2. An administrative unit to oversee the development, progress and integration of the project as well as its internal and external advisory committees.
  3. Individual implementation studies attempting to deliver practical strategies based on the group’s research. The first project will provide resources aimed at aiding shared decision-making in lung cancer screening in rural Colorado.
  4. An outreach and networking unit that provides resources to help translate research to practice and share the developed research strategies, methods, measures and resources with other cancer research programs around the country.
  5. A collaboration with health economists to assess the cost and value of interventions from the perspective of the overall healthcare system, individual clinics and physicians, and patients and families.
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