Task Group Goals and Initiatives

The Workforce Development Task Group aims to ensure there is an activated and trained workforce.

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.

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Arti Patel Varanasi, PhD, MPH, CPH

Advancing Synergy, President & CEO

Dr. Arti Patel Varanasi is President and CEO of the social enterprise, Advancing Synergy, LLC and co-founder of the non-profit organization, Health Tech Alley. She has over 25 years combined experience in cancer research, advocacy, capacity building, public health and project management and maintains close ties to the medical, public health and research community. Advancing Synergy served as the technology partner on a grant awarded to Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to provide virtual, personalized support to women undergoing breast cancer treatment through an innovative technology.

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