HCPR alumni Wafa Tarazi, Ph.D. published in Cancer

June 29, 2017

Using Tennessee cancer registry data Dr. Wafa Tarazi, et al. examined the effects of Medicaid disenrollment on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  The study compared low income and high income women diagnosed with breast cancer and found women in low income areas who were most likely to be affected by disenrollment “are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages, suggesting that they did not receive screening or other primary care that may have facilitated earlier diagnosis”, according to Dr. Tarazi. 

The study has received major media coverage due to the proposed cuts in Medicaid.  The work was completed as part of Dr. Tarazi’s dissertation while at VCU.  Dr. Tarazi is currently employed at the CDC as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship (PE) hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).