Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS - Penn State Cancer Institute
Dr. Eugene Lengerich joined Penn State in 1998, after training in the CDC’s pre-eminent Epidemic Intelligence Service and Preventive Medicine Residency programs. During this training, he conducted research on the health effects of environmental hazards as well as bacterial and parasitic disease outbreaks. After leaving the CDC, he served as State Chronic Disease Epidemiologist for North Carolina where he was challenged to conducted federally-funded tobacco control research in a state that was a leading tobacco-producing state! His community-based research at Penn State uniquely draws from his training and experience to examine the theory, implementation, and outcomes of behavioral, clinical, and public interventions to reduce risk and respond to outbreaks. A second line of research is examination of geospatial differences in health risks, access and outcomes. His team was the first to use multi-state cancer registry data for Appalachia and he continues to examine spatial disparities in behavioral and social determinants of health. In related research, he has led the development and testing of GIS-based tools and methods to visualize and communicate health information. Having been raised on a mixed-product farm in Ohio and currently operating a small farm that has been in the family for 50+ years, he has passion for research with rural and Appalachian populations. His research has received funding from the NIH, CDC, HRSA, Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
For the Penn State Cancer Institute, he is Associate Director for Health Disparities and Engagement and Director of the Office for Cancer Health Equity (OCHE). The OCHE leverages community engagement through health care provider, volunteer and community-based networks throughout Pennsylvania. These networks - consisting of health educators, community health workers, promotoras, and navigators - magnify the impact of an individually-based, localized approach to research. The goal is to support dissemination and implementation research.
- Appalachian Region
- Early Detection of Cancer
- Colorectal Neoplasms
- Breast Neoplasms
- Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
- Public Health