Jo Anne Earp, Sc.D.,UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer CenterUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
...Jo Anne L Earp, ScDProfessor & Chair, Health Behavior and Health EducationCancer Prevention and Control ProgramResearch InterestsDr. Jo Anne Earp is a medical sociologist.
applies a behavioral science perspective to an understanding of the role that social and attitudinal factors play in explaining variation in health behaviors among groups of people, especially women.She
has done research with both chronic and acutely ill patients, as well as with members of high-risk, often stigmatized or marginal groups (e.g., abused women, rape victims, low literacy minorities).She is an expert in the design of data collection instruments, especially personal interviews with difficult-to-interview respondents, and regularly consults on methodological issues related to community health and patient education research.For nearly thirty years she has been a principal or co-principal investigator on cancer-specific and STI-related grants, as well as numerous small grants, with students, on women's health issues.She is principal investigator of Lineberger's cancer control education program (R25) training grant, now in its twelfth year of funding and recently renewed for another five years.For ten years Dr. Earp was the principal investigator on a 3.3 million dollar NCI-funded study, the North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program (NC-BCSP).As principal investigator, Dr. Earp directed the NC-BCSP team of university staff, students, and post-docs, community outreach specialists, and lay health advisors to achieve NC-BCSP's primary aims: 1) increasing initial and repeat breast cancer screening mammography by Black women ages 40 years and older living in five rural eastern North Carolina counties; 2) improving follow-up of positive screening mammograms; and 3) establishing partnerships between health care providers and communities to maintain increased breast cancer screening and follow-up.
In 2003, Dr. Earp
successfully turned NC-BCSP
over to two community groups who were trained to continue supporting three counties of LHAs.At the same time, she
received two years support from NCI
for an R21 grant that would allow her
to understand better why some of NC-BCSP's
counties were more successful than others in increasing the rate of African-Americans receiving regular breast cancer screening.Dr. Earp
teaches or has taught several department courses, including: HBHE 250 (Survey Research Methods in Health Education) for 12 years; the Professional Development Seminar unit for doctoral students (HBHE 310); Public Health Perspective on Women's Health (HBHE 160); Advanced Evaluation Research Methods (HBHE 353); and directed HBHE 131, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health, a core course for non-HBHE majors in the School of Public Health, from 1996-2003.She
received the McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching from UNC's School of Public Health
in 1983 and the Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award in 1996.Recently the Jo Anne L. Earp Fellowship for doctoral students in Health Behavior and Health Education was established in her
has been chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education since 1996, and was recently reappointed to another five year term.
PublicationsEarp, J.A., Viadro, C.I., Vincus, A.A., Altpeter, M., Flax, V., Eng, E. "Lay Health Advisors: A Strategy for ‘Getting the Word Out' about Breast Cancer."
Health Education and Behavior, 24(4):432-451, August, 1997.Flax, V.L., Earp, J.A. "Counseled Women's Perspectives on Their Interactions with Lay Health Advisors: A Feasibility Study."
Health Education Research, 14(1):15-24, 1999.Hawley, S.T., Earp, J.A., O'Malley, M., and Ricketts, T.C. "The Role of Physician Recommendation in Women's Mammography Use; Is It a 2-Stage Process?"
Medical Care, 38(4):392-403, 2000.
O'Malley, M.S., Earp
, J.A., Hawley, S.T., Schell, M.J., Mathews, H.F., Mitchell, J. "Who Gets the Message about Breast Cancer Screening?Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Physician Recommendation for Mammography" American Journal of Public Health
, 91, (1):49-54; January, 2001.Earp
, J. A., Eng., E., O'Malley, M. S., Altpeter, M., Rauscher, G. H., Mayne, L., Mathews, H. F., Lynch, K. S., and Qaqish, B. "Increasing Use of Mammography among Older, Rural African-American Women: Results from a Community Trial."American Journal of Public Health
, 92(4):646-654, April, 2002.
Bishop, C., Earp
, J. A., Eng, E., and Lynch, K. S. Implementing a "Natural Helper" Lay Health Advisor Program: Lessons Learned from Unplanned Events.Health Promotion Practice, 3(2):233-244, April, 2002.Mayne, L. and Earp, J.A. "Initial and Repeat Mammography Screening: Different Behaviors/Different Predictors."The Journal of Rural Health
, 19(1):63-71, 2003.
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