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USD's Soonhee Roh Awarded Grant to Combat Cancer Among American Indians

Soonhee Roh, associate professor in the department of social work Soonhee Roh, an associate professor in the Department of Social Work, received a Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity Scholars Award.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Soonhee Roh, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of South Dakota, has been presented with a Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DaCCoTA) Scholars Award by the Dakota Cancer Collaborative.

This collaborative, led by the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will support and manage various clinical research projects to study the link between cancer and the environment and develop unique ways to combat cancer in the Dakotas.

Roh’s project addresses cancer disparities in American Indian communities, specifically breast cancer screening rates among American Indian women. She points out that American Indian women suffer the highest breast cancer mortality rates and the lowest breast cancer screening rates of all demographics in the nation.

Roh proposes using culturally sensitive approaches and mobile web app technologies to boost breast cancer screening interventions and to improve early detection of breast cancer among American Indian women.

Roh’s award will include $160,000 for the first year of her project, out of a $480,000 total award.

Research and other projects sponsored by the Dakota Cancer Collaborative are made possible by financial support from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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