Implementation Groups are those that advance and support the various goals of the Nebraska Cancer Plan. Examples of work for the Cancer Disparities group could include health literacy training, targeted outreach to specific underserved populations in cancer screening, and work to promote adoption of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards among clinics.
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When LaShaune P. Johnson, PhD was diagnosed in high school with Hodgkins lymphoma , her family did not have insurance. It was personally, physically, and financially devastating experience for her and her family. So, after surviving lymphoma, and, eventually also surviving breast cancer, she decided herself to working in social justice issues around health. Her work as the non-clinical co-chair for the Health Disparities Implementation Group for the Nebraska Cancer Coalition helps her fulfill that mission. She is a sociologist who is a faculty member in Creighton’s Master of Public Health and Master of Medical Anthropology programs, and an affiliate for Creighton’s Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety and Nebraska Medicine’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center (Cancer Prevention and Control Program). She is the former co-chair (with Jackie A. Hill) of the Metro African American Breast Cancer Task Force in Omaha. She is currently funded by Creighton’s Haddix Fund to do research with Black breast and ovarian cancer survivors. In addition to her cancer outreach and research, she co-facilitates workshops nationally about culturally-responsive evaluation. She is on the editorial board of the blog for the Interdisciplinary Association for the Population Health Science, and is the Chair of Midwest Sociological Society’s Social Action Committee. She is the incoming co-chair of the American Sociological Association’s Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility newsletter. She believes in the power of messages found when connecting the intersection of art and research/evaluation, and has explored the lives of underserved obese patients through PhotoVoice; connected with teens about STIs through participatory video, and delved into the juvenile justice system by co-conducting an arts-based evaluation with system-involved youth.