Speaker Preston

The Use of Precision Public Health Strategies to Achieve Health Equity in Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention
Michael A. Preston, PHD, MPH, Director for Health Initiatives and Disparities Research in the College of Medicine, UAMS
Concurrent Session | 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Salon A/B

Session Description:
The use of precision population health
(PPH) strategies can achieve health equity and reduce disparities in colorectal cancer detection, treatment, and outcomes among rural and poor-resourced communities. These strategies have gained momentum with the introduction of patient navigation (PN) initiatives. The Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention program (CCSP) incorporated PN to address access barriers at both the clinic-level and patient-level.


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Speaker Biography:
Michael A. Preston, PhD, MPH is a Health Services and Systems Researcher with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research. He serves as the Director for Health Initiatives and Disparities Research in the College of Medicine at UAMS. He is also the Director of Health Policy and Faculty Diversity of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Cancer Control and UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs. Dr. Preston’s research activities include studying cancer disparities in under-served and uninsured communities where he applies economic, political, and statistical theory and methods to determine how social factors generate disparities, and for evaluating state and federal policy initiatives in reducing these disparities. He has extensive experience in designing an economic analysis of a state demonstration program which reduces screening barriers among uninsured and under-insured residents in under-served populations. His research agenda includes examining other components of health care reform and how provisions of the Affordable Care Act address health disparities among poor, minorities, and under-served communities. Dr. Preston’s most recent honors include being an invited reviewer for the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Under-served and receiving an Achievement Award for his current research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.