Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia Welcomes New Employee

The Cancer Research and Resource Center of Southern Virginia is pleased to announce the newest staff member, Elias Berhanu who joined the Center in the later part of June 2017 as the Education Coordinator.  The CRRC is an outreach site of VCU Massey Cancer Center that provides educational and support programs to residents of the Southside Virginia on cancer and cancer related topics.

Mr. Berhanu comes to the Cancer Research and Resource Center from the MD Anderson Cancer Center of the Office of Health Policy in Houston, Texas.  As a research intern there, he participated in statewide research programs on cancer prevention and the development of strategic planning for the State of Texas.  He also worked for CAN DO Houston where he lead and participated in the logistics and implementation of a walking school bus initiative for after school students.

As CRRC’s Education Coordinator, Elias will have a vast array of tasks to include coordinating the center’s educational activities for the public, cancer survivors and their families; and health professionals.  His main research interests are cancer prevention, chronic disease prevention through lifestyle modifications, global health and physical activity.  Elias stated, “I amvery excited to join the VCU team and work in the community, help everyone address their health education needs, practice healthy eating and active living; and stay happy and healthy.”

Mr. Berhanu received his Master of Public Heath from the University of Texas Health Sciences at Houston.  His area of concentration was health promotion and behavioral science with a minor in health disparities.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. 

Please feel free to stop by the CRRC at 221 North Main Street, Lawrenceville, VA and welcome Elias to the area.  The Center is funded by VCU Massey Cancer Center and the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.  Like us on Facebook.

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