PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1985
MPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1979
Thirty years of public health experience in academia, a state department of health, not-for-profit companies, and a medical care setting. Extensive experience in preparing data for use by various audiences interested in public health. Demonstrated ability to combine knowledge of disease etiology, health services and statistics into practical tools for public health practitioners. Track record of managing technical and multidisciplinary staff and projects; linking population based data to program use; teaching graduate students the application of epidemiology or environmental health sciences to public health.
Dr. Kanarek is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on the health of populations, patient participation in clinical trials, the use of preventive health services and cancer etiology. Her work is at the interface of cancer research and public health practice; between policy and program development; and connecting basic science findings and cancer prevention and control research, linking internal investigators to enhance cross-disciplinary research. In studies of clinical trial participation, she has defined the catchment area for the Johns Hopkins (JH) Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) and described participation by race and geography. Work underway includes examination of clinical trial participation differences among the five SKCCC cancer-site-defined programs. In addition to her research, she maintains close ties with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, chairing the state’s cancer Surveillance Advisory Committee and the Surveillance Chapter Committee of the Maryland Cancer Plan (2010-14). She is a member of the SKCCC Cancer Prevention and Control Program and a Member of the Education, Training, and Mentoring Committee for the current Howard-Hopkins Cancer Centers Partnership (U54). These responsibilities provide a broad background for advising training grant and other students about potential collaborations and translational opportunities at JH.
Honors and Awards
Al Gore Hammer Award Recipient (2000)
- Community Health Status Indicators | Report Designer/Advisor to CDC
- Co Chair of the Surveillance chapter of the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Plan
- Designer of the “priority diamond” Methodology featured in: Health Status Indicator Reports: State of the Art,” Healthy People 2000 Statistics and Surveillance, CDC/NCHS (No. 8), May 1996 and Brownson RC, Baker E, Leet T, and Gillespie KN, Evidence Based Public Health; Oxford Press, NYC: 2003.
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