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Center for Deaf Health Equity director Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar and research assistant Emmanuel Perrodin-Njoku attended the American Society of Preventive Oncology annual meeting March 13-15 in Tucson, Arizona. Their hard work and research culminated in a poster that demonstrated Black Deaf people are 3.5 times less likely to report a diagnosis of cancer, which is an indication that more work needs to be done to ensure proper screening. The poster won third place in the poster competition.
Dr. Kushalnagar also received a Diversity Supplement to an existing National Institutes of Health grant. This supplemental grant will be used to promote increased cancer screening among Deaf and DeafBlind adults. It is intended to promote underrepresented students working with researchers already receiving NIH funding.
According to Dr. Kushalnagar and Perrodin-Njoku’s study, hearing Black people already face disparities in preventive cancer screening, but for Deaf Black people, these disparities are even more pronounced. Dr. Kushalnagar and Perrodin-Njoku set out to find out exactly what disparities existed. Their takeaway is that efforts should be made to increase Black Deaf patients’ access to primary care services, increased cancer screenings, and most importantly, communication between patients and their health care providers.
Dr. Nancy E. Kensicki, a long-time faculty member at Gallaudet University, passed away on April 16, 2022 in Bowie, Maryland. She was 83 years old. Dr. Kensicki taught English from 1967 to 2004, and served multiple terms as chair of the Department of English. She was involved in the faculty governance system and advised student...
Kathryn P. Meadow Orlans, an internationally renowned scholar and researcher, passed away on April 16, 2022, at age 92. She was a research professor at Gallaudet from 1975 to 1997, and was named professor emerita after her retirement. During her time at Gallaudet, Dr. Meadow Orlans published numerous scholarly articles and books including Deafness and...
Watch the official news release in American Sign Language. The United States Department of Education, through its Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), has awarded $2.1 million to Elizabeth Schniedewind, ’90 & G-’92, clinical associate professor for sign language interpreting at Idaho State University in Meridian, Idaho. The grant funds will support ISU and Gallaudet University in...
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