Planning and Evaluation Core

We initiate new projects and continuously evaluate ChicagoCHEC’s impact and progress toward its mission to advance cancer health equity via scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.

How does ChicagoCHEC assess large scale impact, maximize resources, and embark in new directions? The Planning and Evaluation Core is at the helm for initiating new projects and continuously evaluating ChicagoCHEC’s impact and progress. The Planning and Evaluation Core includes the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) and the Program Steering Committee (PSC). The IAC leads internal planning, evaluation, and new project selection under the Incubator and Catalyst Funding program. The PSC provides external review and evaluation. We strive to guide ChicagoCHEC toward data-driven continuous improvement.


Planning and Evaluation Core Leadership

  • David Cella (NU)
  • Christina Ciecierski (NEIU)
  • Martha Daviglus (UIC)
  • Brian Hitsman (NU)
  • Kristi Holmes (NU)
  • Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen (UIC)
  • Michael Stern (NEIU)

Planning and Evaluation Program Management

  • Jen Cooper (NU)
  • Jackie Kanoon (UIC)
  • Billie Kersh (NEIU)

Biostatistics and Methodology Support

  • Elizabeth Hahn (NU)
  • Fred Rademaker (NU)

Planning and Evaluation Internal Advisory Committee

  • Melissa Simon (NU)
  • Leon Platanias (NU)
  • Frank Giles (NU)
  • Rick McGee (NU)
  • David Cella (NU)
  • Christina Ciecierski (NEIU)
  • Moira Stuart (NEIU)
  • Wamucii Njogu (NEIU)
  • Michael Stern (NEIU)
  • Rob Winn (UIC)
  • Carol Ferrans (UIC)
  • Richard Warnecke (UIC)
  • Kameron Matthews (UIC)
  • Martha Daviglus (UIC)

Planning and Evaluation Program Steering Committee

  • Teresita Muñoz-Antonia (Moffitt Cancer Center)
  • Ray Bergan (OHSU Knight Cancer Institute)
  • Ruth Carlos (University of Michigan)
  • Karen Hubbard (The City College of New York)
  • Elizabeth Marcus (Stroger Hospital of Cook County)
  • Isabel Scarinci (University of Alabama)
  • Peter Ogunbiyi (National Cancer Institute)
  • Nelson Aguila (National Cancer Institute)

Contact us to learn more or to get involved.


Related Pages


Research Incubator »

Incubator and catalyst funding for partnership building, research proposal development, pilot projects, and research projects.


Community Engagement Core »

Enhancing community engagement, cancer education, survivorship support, and community capacity building.


Research Education Core »

We leverage the strengths of ChicagoCHEC institutions and partners to support students, trainees, and faculty.


Admin Core »

The Admin Core supports ChicagoCHEC’s research, education, and outreach via overall leadership, administrative management, and program coordination.


Choose to Change Research Project »

Reducing Tobacco Use Disparities Among Adults in Safety Net Community Health Centers (The Choose to Change Study)


WeCanConnect Pilot Project »

WeCanConnect: Using mHealth to Connect Physically Disabled Cancer Patients with Matched Disabled Survivors


Mi Guia (My Guide) pilot study »

An e-Health Intervention to Improve Symptom Burden and Health-Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Women Completing Active Treatment for Breast Cancer


Latino Obesity Project »

Community-engaged obesity intervention development for Puerto Rican and Mexican men


Prostate Cancer Disparity Project »

Prostate cancer disparity in Chicago-area African American men: patient-derived models and biomarkers of cancer risk


Reducing Colorectal Cancer Disparities »

Reducing colorectal cancer disparities on the South Side of Chicago through cross-Institutional collaborations


Citizen Scientists »

Despite overall declines in rates of aggressive prostate cancer (PCa) in the U.S., racial disparity persists, with African American (AA) men experiencing rates greater than 2X those for European American (EA) men. While prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening has made a major contribution to the mortality decline, new screening strategies are needed to identify potentially […]

Breast Cancer Disparities in Chicago: Biological Factors »

The goal of this research proposal is to address the biological underpinnings of breast cancer mortality disparities in Chicago. African American (AA) women in the city have a 4-5 fold greater risk of death from hormone-dependent breast cancer compared to white women, even after controlling for stage at diagnosis, treatment, and other known prognostic factors. […]