Cancer Control & Population Health

UVA Cancer Center catchment area map

The Cancer Control and Population Health (CCPH) program promotes population health sciences research focused on cancer prevention, access to optimal and effective treatment, and support of cancer survivors. The three overall aims of the CCPH program are to:

  1. Identify molecular, genetic, environmental, or behavioral factors related to cancer risk
  2. Create and implement strategies to reduce cancer risk in our communities
  3. Develop and test methods that can support cancer survivors and reduce cancer burden

Across these aims, the CCPH program is focused on research that highlights health disparities in cancer care and rural access to cancer care, particularly in rural Appalachia. Additionally, the Cancer Center Without Walls (CCWW) research program comprises a novel UVA initiative to reach patients across Virginia to provide quality cancer care and to reduce cancer burden across the state. The CCPH program utilizes the Cancer Control Core and Community  Engagement and Outreach in addressing these research goals.

The Cancer Control Core (CCC) is the primary resource by which CCPH supports its research efforts. Established in 2014, the CCC has been led by Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan to support population-based cancer control research at UVA. The Core provides expert advice and support in three areas: community-based research support, data services, and study design and measure development. 

The Cancer Center’s Community Outreach and Engagement team provides community cancer resources and also assists with and promotes CCPH population research. This team provides community cancer education and service programs and activities aimed at promoting cancer prevention and survivor support. Through the CCC, Outreach and Engagement supports researchers by serving as a liaison with community partners to promote, recruit, and assist with research studies.

CCPH is led by Roger Anderson, MD and Wendy Cohn, MD. The program is represented by a wide variety of research interests and expertise across the Cancer Center and UVA Health System.

Read more about program members and their research interests.


CCPH Pilot Grant Program, 2018 Funding Cycle 

The CCPH pilot grant program is pleased to announce the funding recipients of its 2018 funding cycle (PDF). We thank everyone for the quality submissions and interest in cancer control pilot funding.

Additional proposals are still under consideration; check back soon for final updates.

UVA Smoking Study in the News

Drs. Aaron Yao and Steve Malin’s study using an exercise intervention coupled with reduced-nicotine cigarettes has been receiving media attention from local news outlets, including and

Opioid Adherence Among Breast Cancer Patients 

Drs. Raj Balkrishnan, Leslie Blackhall and Virginia LeBaron’s recent publication in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment highlights the lack of adherence to breast cancer treatment due to the stigmas associated with opioid use.