UK Researcher Highlighted by National Cancer Institute

University of Kentucky Researcher Nancy Schoenberg is currently a featured partner on the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) website for her work with Faith Moves Mountains.

Schoenberg, associate dean of research for the UK College of Public Health and professor in the UK College of Medicine, founded Faith Moves Mountains in 2004. The program is a community-based intervention to help decrease cervical cancer rates for women in the Appalachian region by building relationships with local churches within Appalachian communities.

Schoenberg's accomplishments include interventions at over 30 churches. Health advocates have conducted follow-up contact with more than 400 women, and about 35 percent of the target group has received the recommended cancer screenings.

In addition, Faith Moves Mountains is continuing to grow by adding new faith-based projects, such as "Quittin' and Preventin,'" which is designed to help smokers quit and provide cancer screenings.

Media Contact: Allison Perry, allison.perry@uky.edu