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Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes New Project Manager

PHILADELPHIA (June 8, 2005) - Michele Jones, of Abington, Pa., has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center as project manager for the Prostate Cancer Risk Assessment Program (PRAP). She focuses primarily on the Recruitment, Retention and Outreach Core (RROC), designed to integrate Fox Chase recruitment and outreach efforts, in addition to handling recruitment, retention and outreach for PRAP.

The newly-established RROC helps facilitate the research of Fox Chase investigators by providing access to a productive, collaborative team of recruitment, marketing, education and outreach specialists with particular expertise in the recruitment and outreach of minorities and special populations.

Established in 1996, PRAP offers education, risk assessment, screening and an opportunity to participate in innovative prostate cancer research to men who are at an increased risk of developing the disease because of family history of cancer or race.

Jones has more than 10 years of management experience in development, marketing, public relations and education. Before joining Fox Chase, she was director of business development at Sacred Heart Manor, a 350-bed assisted living and nursing home in Philadelphia.

Jones also has served as director of community relations/marketing, bereavement and volunteers at Life Choice Hospice at The Fountains at Logan Square East and as director of social work and marketing at Cambridge Retirement Communities, both in Philadelphia. She continues at Cambridge as a marketing consultant.

A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Black Social Workers, Jones also serves on numerous community outreach and steering committees.

Jones received her bachelor's degree in history with a focus on cultural literacy from San Diego Community College in 1992. She attended San Diego State University in 1996 before earning her master's in social work from Lincoln University in 2002.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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