Task Group Goals and Initiatives

The Public Awareness and Communications Task Group supports public awareness of the NNRT through multiple communication channels to members, partner organizations, and other interested parties.

Task Group Chairs

Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH

Native American Cancer Research Corporation

Linda Burhansstipanov, (Cherokee Nation) has worked in public health since 1971. She taught at universities for 18 years (California State University Long Beach and UCLA). She developed and implemented the Native American Cancer Research Program at the National Cancer Institute from 1989-1993. She worked at the AMC Cancer Research Center in Denver for 5 years before founding Native American Cancer Research Corporation (non-profit). She also is the President of Native American Cancer Initiatives, Incorporated (minority womans for-profit). She is the principal investigator and subcontractor for >3 NIH grants and PI for a NIMHD 2017 Phase I SBIR to develop a tablet app to evaluate Patient Navigation Services. She also is on the NIMHD Scientific Advisory Council. She serves on multiple federal advisory boards. She has over 125 peer-reviewed publications, of which most address Native American cancer, genetics, CBPR, evaluation, patient navigation, survivorship, public health and data issues.

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Linda Fleisher, PhD, MPH

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Dr. Fleisher PI, is a Senior Scientist and Associate Research Professor with a focus on health communications, patient engagement and use of technology to support patients and their families. She has appointments in the Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has considerable experience in behavioral research, health education, development and evaluation of Ehealth and Mhealth interventions, health disparities and patient/community engagement.

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