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IU Simon Cancer Center's new outreach and diversity coordinator works with community

INDIANAPOLIS -- (Dec. 3, 2007) -- Rivienne Shedd-Steele has been named outreach and diversity coordinator at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, effective Dec. 1.

In this role, she will develop and implement cancer education programs and leverage resources to assist the IU Simon Cancer Center in increasing cancer awareness in the community, with a focus on underserved populations.

Shedd-Steele will work with diverse community groups and build collaborative relationships with the purpose of increasing participation in cancer clinical trials. She will also help to develop strategies to enhance awareness of health disparities research that focuses on the differences in the incidence, occurrence, mortality and burden of cancer that exists among those diverse populations.  

Shedd-Steele most recently was the Partnership Program Coordinator for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service (NCI/CIS) Midwest Region.  In that role, she collaborated state-wide with partner organizations to deliver cancer control and education programs to help improve the health of underserved populations.

Prior to joining NCI/CIS, she was the Minority Cancer Awareness director for the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, where she designed and implemented minority outreach programs with an emphasis on breast, cervical and prostate cancer education, as well as diet, nutrition, and cancer prevention among African-Americans and Hispanics.

Shedd-Steele has earned several awards, including the 2006 NCI/CIS Spirit of the CIS Award, Best Education Program Practice Award from the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer and the National Cancer Institute’s Award in Recognition of Outstanding Minority Cancer Education and Community Outreach.