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.