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Ana Sanchez-Birkhead

University of Utah School of Nursing
Chair

Position Description: The Chair presides at all general meetings of UCAN and the UCAN Executive Committee. The chair provides a coalition status report, including actions of the Executive Committee, during the UCAN quarterly general meetings. The chair is an ex-officio member of all standing projects and teams.

Dr. Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead was born in Costa Rica and raised in Northern California. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a nationally certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Sanchez-Birkhead is a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and NCI Cancer Control Scholar. She has served as a nurse and clinician for 20 years caring primarily for Hispanic/Latino families. She is involved in many community efforts that aim at eliminating health disparities and advocating for social justice. Dr. Sanchez-Birkhead is President of the Hispanic Health Care Task Force, Council member for Region VIII Health Equity Council, President of the Unidos en Utah Chapter of the Hispanic Nurses Association, and Director of Social Media and Communications for the National Latina Researchers Network. Dr. Sanchez-Birkhead is a mother, wife, and “young” grandmother and is the first in her family to earn a PhD. She enjoys hiking, swimming, dancing, reading, and mentoring young people who have a desire to go to college.


 

Craig Nichols

Intermountain Healthcare
Chair-Elect

Position Description: The chair-elect performs the duties of the chair in the event of the chair’s temporary absence. The chair-elect performs duties as assigned by the chair and prepares for the duties of the office of chair. In the event the chair cannot fulfill his/her term of office, the chair-elect completes the unexpired term of the chair prior to beginning their own elected term.

Dr Craig Nichols recently joined Intermountain Health Care to direct the Precision Genomics Cancer Research Clinic. Dr. Nichols did his medical oncology training at Indiana University and remained on the faculty there for 15 years with clinical specialization in testicular cancer and lymphoma. He then was recruited back to his native Oregon where he was the division chief of hematology/oncology at OHSU and vice chair of the NCI-designated OHSU Cancer Center (now the Knight Cancer Center). Subsequently, he has experience in community-based institutions and was the PI for the Providence NCCCP application and currently the PI of the Cancer Care Delivery Research component of the NW NCORP (CCDR component now resides at Intermountain Healthcare). He serves as the executive officer for SWOG with responsibilities for digital engagement, member engagement, adolescent and young adult oncology and NCORP affairs. He was recently elected to the ASCO board and is a member of the ASCO executive committee and serves as ASCO’s treasurer.


John Sweetenham

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Immediate Past Chair

Position Description: The immediate past chair provides advice, continuity, and assists the chair in serving as a mentor to the chair-elect.

Dr. John Sweetenham is currently the Medical Director, and Senior Director for Clinical Affairs at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. He attended medical school at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and trained in Oncology at the University of Southampton, UK, where he was subsequently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology. He moved to the University of Colorado in 2000. He joined the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute in November 2005 as Vice Chairman for Clinical Research and Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He was Medical Director of the UCSD Nevada Cancer Institute from July, 2012, until March, 2013. Dr. Sweetenham is internationally renowned for his clinical research in malignant lymphomas and the use of stem cell transplantation.


Donna Branson

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Director-at-Large

Position Description: The two directors-at-large represent the UCAN general membership as members of the Executive Committee. The directors-at-large shall be voting members of the Executive Committee. Responsibilities include attending Executive Committee meetings, overseeing basic membership concerns, and completing other duties as assigned.

Donna M. Branson, BA, has been working in cancer education for the past 26 years.  She has been the Director of Patient and Public Education at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah since 2000 and oversees the activities of three programs including the Cancer Learning Center (library and information service), Community Outreach and Prevention Education, and Patient Navigation for Spanish-speaking patients. Since Ms. Branson has been director all programs combined have provided cancer education to over 1,000,000 people. Ms. Branson has been an active member of the Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) since 2003.


Mark Hiatt

Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Director-at-Large

Position Description: The two directors-at-large represent the UCAN general membership as members of the Executive Committee. The directors-at-large shall be voting members of the Executive Committee. Responsibilities include attending Executive Committee meetings, overseeing basic membership concerns, and completing other duties as assigned.

Dr. Mark Hiatt serves as Executive Medical Director for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Prior to joining Regence, Dr. Hiatt was chief medical officer for a major medical benefits management company, and department leader and board member for a large regional health system. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University, residency in radiology and master’s in Health Evaluation Sciences from the University of Virginia, and MD and MBA with academic distinction from Wake Forest University. Dr. Hiatt serves on the boards of RadSite, the Utah chapter of the American Red Cross, and the College of Science & Health of Utah Valley University; and was appointed by the Governor of Utah to serve on that state’s Medical Education Council and Digital Health Service Commission.


Brandy Lee Slagowski Hawkins

Alliance Community Services
Representative for the Survivor Sub-Committee

Position Description: UCAN recognizes cancer survivors as a special interest group, who is represented in voting matters by the Representative for the Survivor Sub-Committee position.

Since my breast cancer diagnosis in 2008, my life has changed dramatically. I have a strong desire to serve and give back to the those affected by breast cancer and assist in the community as a whole. I love my work with screening – early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancers, educational workshops, patient navigation, blog writing and advocacy. I enjoy my work Patient Navigator for the #BreastPower program with Alliance Community Services. We work with UCAN and other organizations to educate, assist with mammogram scheduling and patient navigation/resource guidance.


Garrett Harding

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Membership Chair

Position Description: The Membership Chair is responsible for monitoring and maintaining UCAN membership lists and reporting on membership activities to the Executive Committee.

Garrett Harding, BS, is the Outreach Coordinator of the Community Outreach and Prevention Education program at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. His program educates the public about cancer risk, screening, and prevention throughout Utah and the Intermountain West. In addition to his position on the UCAN executive committee, he is an active member of USOPHE and SOPHE, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a trained patient navigator and certified tobacco cessation facilitator. His interests include community-based education, social marketing, skin cancer, tobacco prevention and control, and lifestyle factors related to primary prevention and cancer risk.


Kim Herget

Utah Cancer Registry
Data and Evaluation Chair

Position Description: The Data and Evaluation Chair oversees the UCAN Data and Evaluation Subgroup. This position is responsible for understanding and meeting the data needs of the coalition and assisting members in project evaluation.


Jeff Yancey

Huntsman Cancer Institute
Conference Planning Chair

Position Description: The Conference Planning Chair is responsible for overseeing the annual conference including planning and evaluation and reporting to the Executive Committee.


Brad Belnap

Utah Cancer Control Program
Comprehensive Cancer Control Representative

Position Description: The Comprehensive Cancer Control Representative oversees federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the support of UCAN. CCC Representative oversees funding to UCAN members, and assists the Chair in leading and directing the coalition where needed.

Brad manages the Comprehensive Cancer Control Program within the Utah Department of Health. There, he strives to build successful policy, systems, and environmental change approaches to reduce the burden of cancer in Utah.  While chronic diseases are complex problems, he believes that poor health is the result of social determinants and can be solved through effective public policy.  Brad’s education and experience bring this unique perspective to the public health world.  Brad has a Masters in Public Policy with an emphasis in environmental health and food policy and has focused his research on community health and urban redevelopment. He believes that there is a direct connection between our health, the environment, and the policies that influence both. Brad has been a member of UCAN since 2012.


Lindsay Snow

Utah Cancer Control Program
Comprehensive Cancer Control Representative

Position Description: The Comprehensive Cancer Control Representative oversees federal guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the support of UCAN. CCC Representative oversees funding to UCAN members, and assists the Chair in leading and directing the coalition where needed.