Quinn to speak on raising cervical cancer awareness in Nicaragua

Dr. Megan Quinn

JOHNSON CITY (Feb. 5, 2015) – “Raising Awareness about Cervical Cancer in Nicaragua: Working with Health Promoters to Increase Pap Smear Uptake” is the topic of a free public talk to be given by Dr. Megan Quinn at East Tennessee State University on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

This is the second session in the five-part “Women on Wednesdays” lecture series being sponsored this spring by the ETSU Women’s Studies Program.  It will take place from noon-1 p.m. in dining room 3 of the D.P. Culp University Center.  A light lunch will be provided.

In her presentation, Quinn will give an in-depth look at cervical cancer and Pap smear screening in the Ciudad Sandino community of Nicaragua and share findings from her work there in July 2014.  In addition, she will discuss cervical cancer incidence and mortality worldwide, with a specific emphasis on Nicaragua, as well as the role the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) plays in the disease.  She will emphasize the value of using local health promoters to raise awareness about cervical cancer in communities and increasing Pap smear screening to help reduce cervical cancer mortality.

Quinn is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in ETSU’s College of Public Health.  In addition to global health, cancer epidemiology and health disparities, her research interests include adverse child experiences and adult health outcomes, as well as maternal and child health.

Quinn earned her doctor of public health degree from ETSU in 2012, and holds a master of science degree in public health research from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan College.

The “Women on Wednesdays” series is designed to raise awareness of the research, scholarship and community engagement of women on the ETSU campus; to provide a venue where women on campus and in the community can discuss and support each other’s work; and to give students an opportunity to meet faculty who could become mentors for their studies at ETSU.

For more information, call Dr. Phyllis Thompson, ETSU director of Women’s Studies, at 423-439-4135.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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