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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Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations
Education, Research, Clinical, Health Care Transformation
Jan 10, 2017

Huntsman Cancer Institute Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Endorse Updated HPV Vaccine Recommendations

Huntsman Cancer Institute, hpv, cancer prevention

Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for human papillomavirus (HPV), Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has united with each of the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in support of recently revised recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).... Read More

A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it
Research, Health Care Transformation, Education, Clinical
Sep 19, 2016

A vaccine prevents cancer, yet few use it

Huntsman Cancer Institute,

Thousands of lives could be saved by a simple vaccination to protect against Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Yet only 51% of teens receive the vaccine each year. Every year more than four thousand people die from cancers related to HPV. It's upsetting, it's really upsetting,” says Deanna Kepka, PhD, MPH, a population scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). “If you ask any cancer survivor whether they would have taken an opportunity to get a vaccine that prevented their cancer, they would say yes.”... Read More

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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