Studying Cancer Disparities in Vulnerable Populations

The Kepka group is engaged in population science research that addresses health disparities related to cancer risk in vulnerable populations. Our goals are to drive quality improvement and increase access to primary health care services for cancer prevention and control among minority and underserved populations.

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I Can Answer That: Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?
Aug 26, 2020

I Can Answer That: Does the HPV Vaccine Prevent Cancer?

What is the human papillomavirus? Who can get HPV? Does HPV cause cancer? Is the HPV vaccine safe? Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, can answer that. She is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Utah. She is also director of the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition. Watch the video or read the story to get answers to frequently asked questions.... Read More

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award
Sep 13, 2019

HCI Researcher Deanna Kepka Receives YWCA Outstanding Achievement Award

YWCA Utah presented Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, with an Outstanding Achievement Award in Health and Medicine. Kepka is a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator, assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and adjunct assistant professor at the U of U Department of Population Health Sciences. Kepka studies effective strategies for vaccination uptake against human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers... Read More

Huntsman Cancer Institute Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers to Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV Related Cancers in the United States
Jun 07, 2018

Huntsman Cancer Institute Partners with Nation’s Top Cancer Centers to Endorse Goal of Eliminating HPV Related Cancers in the United States

Nearly 80 million Americans—one out of every four people—are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV). And of those millions, more than 31,000 will be diagnosed with an HPV-related cancer this year. Despite those staggering figures and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the infections that cause these cancers, HPV vaccination remains low in the United States. ... Read More

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Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, MA
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Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, MA
Principal Investigator
2000 Circle of Hope, Rm 4144
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-587-4565
Email: deanna.kepka@hci.utah.edu

Echo Warner, MPH
Cancer Control Coordinator
Phone: 801-213-4204
Email: echo.warner@hci.utah.edu