Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, associate professor of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named associate director of UNC Lineberger’s new Office of Community Outreach and Engagement.
Dr. Wheeler will be responsible for gathering community input to assess the needs of North Carolinians related to cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care and survivorship. The new office will set up infrastructure for analysis and implementation that leads to evidenced-based, community participatory service and further research into inequities in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes related to cancer.
An alumna of the UNC Gillings School, Dr. Wheeler has written extensively about cancer prevention and outcomes research, particularly in regard to understanding and reducing health inequities.
She joined the UNC faculty in 2010, and in 2017, was presented with both the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s Early Career Health Research Award and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.
“It has been said that cancer is an equal opportunity disease,” said Dr. Shelton Earp, director of UNC Lineberger, in announcing the new office and Dr. Wheeler’s appointment, “but we know through multiple UNC studies that cancer disproportionately affects some populations, and the burden of cancer falls far more heavily on some communities than others.”
UNC Lineberger has a longstanding commitment to understanding the impact of cancer across the state, Dr. Earp noted.Friday Letter Submission