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Rural Cancer Advisory Board

An Opportunity for Cancer Researchers to Engage Rural Patient Advisors for Input

The Rural Cancer Advisory Board is currently comprised of 9 women from all over the state. While not experts in healthcare, they are experts in rural living with a variety of backgrounds such as ranchers, teachers, and regional health connectors. The primary purpose of the group is to provide insight, feedback, and recommendations to cancer researchers from a rural patient and caregiver perspective. Our research advisors are volunteers. They have varying levels of experience with cancer; some personally, some as family caregivers, and some as community support. 

The group meets every other month in a virtual format. Please contact Adreanne Brungardt for more information, including if you would like to present your research study for input from these patient advisors –

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD

Hillary Lum, MD, PhD, specializes in geriatrics and palliative medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. Broadly, Dr. Lum’s work focuses on improving care for older adults with serious illnesses, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia and family care partners. She is particularly interested in designing real-world interventions with diverse older adult stakeholder input for primary care and community settings. As part of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, she seeks to improve cancer care through engaging rural community members.

Adreanne Brungardt, MM, MT-BC,

Adreanne Brungardt, MM, MT-BC

Adreanne Brungardt, MM, MT-BC, is a senior professional research assistant for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She has been with the Division of Geriatric Medicine since 2017. Adreanne was born and raised in rural northeastern Colorado, so while her primary roles involve dementia caregiver support, she has particularly enjoyed leading the Rural Cancer Advisory Board.

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