Simon Craddock Lee (UTexas Southwestern Medical) was awarded a major grant from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop and evaluate a sustainable regional delivery model that builds on local capacity to provide breast cancer screening and patient navigation services to underserved women in 17 rural counties in North Texas. The initiative leverages state and federal funds to provide culturally-sensitive services in partnership with county civic groups, physician practices, community hospitals and churches to reach 74,000 women and will conduct more than 12,000 screening and diagnostic mammograms to 6,700 unique patients.
Lee is the first and only anthropologist to date to receive a CPRIT award!
Texas voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment in 2007 establishing CPRIT and authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas. CPRIT’s goal is to expedite innovation and commercialization in the area of cancer research and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs and services throughout the state. CPRIT accepts applications and awards grants for a wide variety of cancer-related research and for the delivery of cancer prevention programs and services by public and private entities located in Texas. More information about CPRIT is available on its website.