Walking Forward Receives Grant for First Research Study Utilizing Mobile Devices in SD

Regional Health 

“American Indians cell phone usage is increasing and I am very excited to be the first in the region to conduct this type of research,” said Dr. Petereit. “We anticipate using the results from this study to help all populations that live in this part of the country.”

Dr. Petereit will collaborate in the study with Shalini Kanekar, Ph.D., Consultant, CCI; Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH; Linda Krebs, Native American Cancer Initiatives in Denver, CO.; Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Ph.D., from Marquette University in, Milwaukee, WI.; Mark Dignan, MPH, PhD, from University of Kentucky; and Stevens Smith, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin inMadison. Dr. Smith is a tobacco cessation expert and will serve as the consultant with the project.

“Dr. Petereit, his research team and, in particular, the American Indians and members of the community served by the Walking Forward Program have made and continue to make important steps in bringing improved cancer care to all Americans,” said Norm Coleman, M.D., Associate Director at the NCI. “Success in grant funding is a challenge, particularly so in the current tight budget climate, so this award demonstrates the superb quality of this team and community. It is a privilege for us at the NCI to be part of this effort.”