Cancer Center Member
Melissa Simon, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences; Feinberg School of Medicine
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Cancer Focused Research:
Dr. Simon's primary research interests are aimed at eliminating health disparities among low income, medically underserved women across the lifespan. Integrating health services research with social epidemiologic models, Dr. Simon's research focuses on interventions (such as patient navigation and community health outreach workers) that aim to reduce and eliminate such disparities. Within this context, Dr. Simon prefers to leverage culture and community to achieve these goals and thereby integrates community based participatory research framework into her work. Dr. Simon leads the NCI Biospecimen Management Program (BMAP) for Region 5 which is a multi-site transdisciplinary partnership that aims to increase collaborative biospecimen research and improve minority and medically underserved populations participation and retention in biospecimen and clinical trial research. Dr. Simon also co-leads the NCI minority serving institution-comprehensive cancer center P20 center grant that unites Northeastern Illinois University with the RHLCCC through social science research to reduce cancer disparities and through improving the pipeline of minority students and students interested in health disparities research.