Principal Investigator

Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES®


Mentoring Team

Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, University of Utah
Electra Paskett, PhD, The Ohio State University
Man Hung, PhD, University of Utah
Susan Zickmund, PhD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Michael Fetters, MD, University of Michigan
Roland Thorpe, PhD, Johns Hopkins University


Key Research Team Members

Margaret A. Handley, PhD, UC San Francisco
Tiana N. Rogers, PhD, University of Utah
Wizdom Powell, PhD, University of Connecticut
Derek Griffith, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Colin Riley, BSN, RN, University of Utah
Matthew S. Huntington, University of Utah
Stephanie Kim, University of Utah
Nathan Le Duc, University of Utah



D-Brand DesignsCenter for Clinical & Translational Science; Calvary Baptist Church; FightCRC; Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI); Minnesota Community CareCancer Health Equity Network (CHEN); International Leadership Institute (ILI); DAPD: Minnesota Community Care; Hennepin Healthcare; The James: The Ohio State University Cancer Center


Funding Period



Funding Agencies

National Cancer Institute (K01CA234319); University of Utah School of Medicine



In 2018, statistics provided by the American Cancer Society showed African-American men have death rates from colorectal cancer 52% higher than White men. Thus, a critical need remains for intervening on the complex, understudied factors influencing African-American men’s completion of screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) in Minnesota, Ohio, and Utah.

This K01 project is formally entitled “Developing a Barbershop-Based Trial on Masculinity Barriers to Care and CRC Screening Uptake among African-American Men using a Mixed Methods Approach” (IRB #00113679). Briefly, it focuses on identifying, measuring, and addressing culture-specific masculinity barriers to care to improve CRC screening uptake among African-American men (ages 45-75). The specific aims are to: 1) Validate and test a culture-specific masculinity barriers to care scale relative to psychosocial factors and CRC screening uptake among African-American men; and 2) Develop and implement a theory-driven, culture-specific peer intervention that targets masculinity barriers to care, psychosocial factors, and CRC screening (fecal immunochemical test (FIT)) uptake among African-American men.


Selected Publications and Presentations

Guest Speaker & Panelist: Dr. Charles R. Rogers. (2019, February). Eliminating (Colorectal) Cancer Inequities among African-American Men: A Public Health Conundrum & Emergency. A Forum on Health Outcomes: Cancer Disparities in African American Men. Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) National Conference. University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN.

Guest TV Panelist: Dr. Charles R. Rogers. (2019, January). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Problem with Health Care, and How One Utah Doctor is Trying to Fix It. Other panelist included Ava Cabey (Harland Clarke Diversity & Inclusion Council). Interviewed by Amanda Jones [TV;], Fox 13’s The Place; Salt Lake City, UT.

Vitae 2018 Speaker: Dr. Charles R. Rogers. (2018, December). “Home 101: A Purpose-Driven Journey to Eradicate Colorectal Cancer Disparities.” Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Research Unit. University of Utah Health; Salt Lake, City, UT.

Rogers, C. R. (2018, April). Developing a Barbershop-Based Trial on Masculinity Barriers to Care and Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake among African-American Men using a Mixed Methods Approach. Oral presentation at Program to Increase Diversity (PRIDE) Annual Meeting; Bethesda, MD.


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