Eastern Michigan University professor Tsu-Yin Wu recognized by the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 2021 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards

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YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University Professor and Nursing Program Director, Tsu-Yin Wu, Ph.D., has been recognized by the Prevent Cancer Foundation® as a national leader in cancer prevention and early detection with the 2021 Cancer Prevention Laurels Awards.

Tsu-Yin Wu
Tsu-Yin Wu

Dr. Wu, the director of the EMU Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies (CHDIS) and the Healthy Asian Americans Project at EMU, was honored with a Laurel Award for Increasing Health Equity through Innovation from the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The award is given to an individual or organization for innovative methods to increase health equity in cancer prevention and screening in communities across the U.S. Awardees have identified and implemented innovations which increase health equity by improving or expanding services at the community level.

According to a release from the Prevent Cancer Foundation, throughout her 20-year career, Dr. Wu has committed herself to providing evidence to support the urgent need for public health funding for underserved Asian communities. Her research resulted in more than 50 publications and revealed pervasive health disparities for Asians and Asian Americans. Globally, Professor Wu has implemented evidence-based strategies, such as training breast health ambassadors; as a result, thousands of women in China and Philippines receive breast cancer screening and follow-up diagnostics and cancer treatments.

During the past year, Dr. Wu has pivoted her work surrounding the COVID-19 needs which included testng and vaccination in most underserved Asian communities.  The CHDIS team and bilingual navigators provided translated COVID-19 related information for Asian Americans and Asian refugee populations. Most recently, collaborating with various vaccine providers, the CHDIS team conducted pop-up/mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics at community locations, e.g., churches/mosques, community centers, food distribution sites, and administered vaccines to 2,000 individuals in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland and Kent County of Michigan.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation in partnership with the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable presented the Laurels Awards to outstanding leaders in health equity, community service and national leadership as part of the annual Prevent Cancer Dialogue.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is celebrating 35 years as the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection.  Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, we have helped countless people avoid a cancer diagnosis or detect their cancer early enough to be successfully treated. 

The Foundation is rising to meet the challenge of reducing cancer deaths by 40% by 2035. To achieve this, we are committed to investing $20 million for innovative technologies to detect cancer early and advance multi-cancer screening, $10 million to expand cancer screening and vaccination access to medically underserved communities, and $10 million to educate the public about screening and vaccination options. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.

June 30, 2021

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Contact:
Morgan Mark
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