Director of undergraduate public health program receives grant for breast cancer research


BreastCancerGrant_2014Dr. Monika Sawhney of the  College of Health Professions has received a grant through the Higher Education Policy Commission of West Virginia to conduct breast cancer research in rural communities across the state.

Sawhney, director of Marshall’s undergraduate public health program, said this research will provide an opportunity for student-focused research training in regard to breast cancer screenings. The students chosen to work on this project include undergraduate public health students Minal Patel and Cory Lambert; School of Medicine resident Mohamed Alsharedi; and medical students Andrew Myers and Chad Crigger.

“These students will collaborate and practice the skills they’ve been learning in the classroom and apply them within a practical setting,” Sawhney said. “As director of the public health undergraduate program, I think it is essential for our students to gain exposure to public health research of this nature and enrich their educational experience.”

The one-year grant is titled, “Improving recruitment of health workers in rural areas through student-focused research training: The case of breast cancer screening in rural West Virginia.” To learn more about the student-focused research training in regard to breast cancer screenings, contact Sawhney at sawhney@marshall.edu. To learn more about the public health program visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.

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Photo: From left to right, Mohamed Alsharedi, Minal Patel, Chad Crigger, Dr. Monika Sawhney and Cory Lambert will work together for the next year to conduct breast cancer research in rural communities of West Virginia. Not pictured: Andrew Myers.