03JL – Improving health and function of Older Alabama cancer survivors

Status: Filled – Intern: Haley Rasmussen
Intern: Haley Rasmussen
Faculty Name: julie-locher-2
UAB Department: Medicine
UAB School: Medicine
Campus Address: WEBB 501
Telephone Number: (205) 945-4948
Email: jlocher@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 3 or more
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control and Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 40
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried
2. Teri Hoenemeyer, PhD
Title of Project: 03JL – Improving health and function of Older Alabama cancer survivors
Project Description:

Harvest for Health is an NCI-funded randomized controlled trial to determinr whether a vegetable gardening intervention can improve diet and physical activity behaviors among older cancer survivors and ultimately result in improved physical functioning, quality of life, and overall health. This study has enrolled over 300 cancer survivors across Alabama who will receive the gardening intervention (either a raised bed or 4 earthboxes, soil, fertilizer, gardening tools, plants and seeds, as well as twice monthly contact with a master gardener from their local Cooperative Extension) during the first or the second year of study. Home and community assessments that include survey administration, physical function testing, anthropometric assessment and blood draws will be performed to assess the impact of the intervention

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 4, 2020
Proposed End Date: August 28, 2020
Expected work schedule for intern: Not very flexible, intern MUST be at work on certain days of the week and at certain times of the day (as may be necessary to interview patients, attend lab meetings, process samples, etc.) and should contribute full-time effort.
Category of Project: Community-Based or Field Research
Cancer topic: Diet and Nutrition, Rehabilitation, Survivorship, Multiple Cancer Sites
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Duty 1: Interact directly with study participants while assisting with program delivery and fidelity.


Duty 2: Assist research team with other daily tasks related to data acquisition.


Duty 3: Enter and clean data

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following:
Office or desk space, Computer and printer, Supplies needed to complete project, Equipment needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications
related to this summer research project:
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience:
Clinical Oncology, Clinical Trials, Interview Skills, Nutrition Sciences, Statistics and Data Management, basic knowledge, Survivorship