The Tribal Researchers’ Cancer Control Fellowship (TRCCF) Program provides American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) graduate students and researchers with training and mentorship to design and implement cancer-related research projects within AI/AN communities. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Joel Begay, Bosque Class of 2010, was invited to the 2020 Cohort of the TRCCF Program. As a fellow, he plans to apply his training to better understand and elucidate the mechanisms of infectious agent- associated cancers in Native American communities, while building his network and sharing resources and best practices in medical and public health research. The TRCCF Program is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH), and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Joel graduated from Colorado College in 2014 with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry, and then worked as a medical & surgical assistant in a dermatologic clinic. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology, and a Certificate in Healthcare Infection Prevention & Control. Joel has a demonstrated interest in cancer prevention and control; he investigated breast cancer screening adherence among American Indian women in the Great Plains Area, as a 2017-18 Fellow with the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Program, through the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE.