At the Rural Cancer Control: Challenges & Opportunities Conference in May 2017, Dr. Tracy Onega presented on the advantage of utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in cancer research in a talk titled "Multi-Level and Geospatial Approaches in Cancer Control" in the special session titled "Emerging Research Methods in Rural Cancer Control".
Led by Dr. Onega, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Rural Working Group represents the efforts of seven rural NCI grantees working to understand the unique characteristics related to the delivery of healthcare information and access in rural communities. Dr. Onega’s work focuses on the challenges related to spatial scale in the collection and generalizability of national surveys to small area research.
The meeting is designed to facilitate discussion and the development of a coordinated effort to address methodological approaches to the design and implementation of healthcare delivery strategies in rural communities. If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Onega’s work and this effort please reach out to us with your questions and ideas!
About Dr. Tracy Onega, PhD, MA, MS
Tracy Onega is an associate professor, and interim division director, of biomedical data science in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She focuses on population-based approaches to optimizing how cancer care resources are allocated across populations and how the spatial distribution of services can impact treatment and outcomes. With a background in geography and health informatics, her major interests focus on access to cancer care, including screening, treatment, and surveillance; how where care is received influences treatment and outcomes; and how geoinformatics can lead to better use of healthcare resources.