January 8, 2021
New Chair named for Health Disparities Committee
Jennifer Wenzel, PhD, RN, CCM, FAAN has accepted the role of Chair for the Health Disparities Committee and will begin her responsibilities immediately. Dr. Wenzel is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Associate Director of the PhD and Postdoctoral programs with Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also the Co-Director, Evaluation and Dissemination Core, Johns Hopkins Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care.
Dr. Wenzel has worked with interdisciplinary teams from the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine and Public Health, leading multi-institutional interventions to improve collaborative cancer decision making and treatment for patients and support for care partners. Dr. Wenzel helps to lead Region 1 within the national Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities program and directs the Johns Hopkins branch of Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials (EMPaCT). Her work and research has aimed to reduce cancer clinical trial enrollment disparities and extend provider training and education nationally via EMPaCT’s public web portal, innovative extension of nurse-community health worker navigation interventions to include family or other patient-designated care partners as well as the development of a model of clinical trial enrollment among minority patients. The significance of Dr. Wenzel’s research has been recognized through prestigious early career faculty awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Wenzel's appointment as Chair of the NRG Oncology's Health Disparities committee will enhance NRG Oncology's capacity as she works closely with Health Disparities committee vice chair, Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert to expand health disparities research, educational and mentoring efforts through the NRG NCORP and NCTN programs.