Georgia awarded nearly $900,000 for Breast Cancer Research and Education by CDC
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Georgia
Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE)
announced on November 18, 2011 that Georgia is one of three
states to receive a cooperative agreement grant for $900,000.
Over the next three years, the grant from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will address the needs of
women ages 18 to 49 at high risk for developing breast cancer.
Georgia now joins Michigan and Oregon in receiving the funding
to continue ongoing CDC-supported work in breast cancer
genomics. The funding was issued as part of the federal
Education Awareness Requires Learning Young (EARLY) Act.
The Department will partner with Georgia CORE to implement the
Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics Education, Surveillance, and
Policy Program (GBCG ESP), allowing DPH to benefit from the
organization’s ability to attract ongoing support and resources
to assure program sustainability beyond the years of CDC
The collaboration includes two academic partners to provide
clinical and scientific expertise in the development of the
genomic program. They include the Winship Cancer Institute of
Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM).
The Georgia Breast Cancer Genomics program will foster
evidence-based recommendations for breast cancer genomic tests
and other interventions and may lead to trials for larger breast
cancer genomics efforts.
“Georgia women are diagnosed with breast cancer more than any
other cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death
among women in our state,” said Kimberly Redding, MD, Director
of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program with the
Georgia Department of Public Health. Through this program, we
have the opportunity to reach populations that are rural,
underserved and at high risk for breast cancer.”
Nancy Paris, President and CEO of Georgia CORE will serve as
program director for the cooperative agreement award. “We are
thrilled to be among a small group of award recipients for what
will be a significant contribution to breast cancer education,
surveillance and policy in Georgia,” said Paris.
The Department and Georgia CORE collaborated with the Winship
Cancer Center of Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine
and the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State
University’s Andrew Young School of Policy to establish
education, surveillance and policy goals for the cooperative
agreement award. The work will enhance activities to promote
breast cancer genomics by increasing testing and counseling and
develop programs to increase public knowledge about family
history, risk assessment, and genetic counseling and testing.
The work may also increase insurance coverage of gene testing
and clinical interventions for patients at high risk for breast
Emory will begin piloting a screening tool to identify high risk
women that will eventually be disseminated for use throughout
the state in geographically defined population centers where
racial and ethnic disparities are present. Phase I of the
genomics program will focus on public health districts in Macon,
Savannah and DeKalb County, and Phase II will expand to public
health districts in Augusta, Columbus, as well as Clayton, Cobb,
Douglas, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties.
-Story by Connie F. Smith, DPH Communications
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