Health-care hero



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Public Health Magazine


Behavioral sciences professor Karen Glanz was honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle for reducing cancer and disease related to obesity and smoking in rural Southwest Georgia. The newspaper recognized her as part of its 2008 Health Care Hero Awards.

The RSPH partners with the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition through the Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC), which Glanz directs. The beauty of their relationship is that community members reached out to the RSPH instead of the other way around. As a result, the EPRC initiated programs and research to target behaviors among residents that contribute to increased cancer risk--tobacco use, physical activity, and poor nutrition.

"Karen has really helped change the negative stereotypes and misunderstandings that people at the community level have had for large universities and research in general," Diane Fletcher, CEO of the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition, told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.