Deanna Lee Kepka, PhD, MPH portrait
  • Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Director of Global and International Health, College Of Nursing
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor, College Of Nursing
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Professional Service

  • Role: Member. Entity: National Cancer Institute HPV Vaccination Summit Planning Committee. 2019 - present
  • Role: Co-Leader. Entity: National Cancer Institute Rural Supplement Models of Care Working Group. 2018 - present
  • Role: Sub-Group Leader. Entity: American Cancer Society National HPV Vaccination Roundtable. 2015 - present
  • Role: Co-Chair. Entity: HCI CCPS HCI CCPS Annual Retreat. 2014 - 2014
  • Role: Invited Non-Voting Member. Entity: Utah Scientific Vaccine Advisory Committee Serve and present on this committee for the Utah Cancer Action Network. 2013 - present
  • Role: Expert Consultant. Entity: Utah Department of Health HPV Vaccine Campaign. 2013 - present
  • Utah Cancer Action Network. Selected member of a the Utah Department of Health's cancer prevention coalition. 2013 - present
  • Collaborative community based partnership with Comunidades Unidas, Alliance Community Services, and Community Faces of Utah. 2013 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Utah Cancer Action Network (UCAN) Serving as a member of UCAN. 2012 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Utah Women's Health Coalition Serving on the Utah Women's Health Coalition. 2012 - present
  • Role: Member. Entity: Utah Women's Health Coalition Contribute as a member to a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving women's health in Utah. 2012 - present

Internal Service

  • College of Nursing - PhD Committee. Member, 2012 - present. service.
  • College of Nursing - Division of Acute and Chronic Care Sunshine Fund. Coordinator, 2012 - present. service.
  • College of Nursing - Research Committee. 2012 - present. service.
  • College of Nursing - Faculty Book Club. Co-Leader, 2013 - 2013. service.
  • College of Nursing - Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Review Committee, Career Line. Member, 2012 - 2013. service.
  • College of Nursing - Women’s Health Synergy Group. Leader, 2015 - present. service.
  • College of Nursing - Awards and Recognition Committee. Member, 2016 - present. service.
  • College of Nursing Executive Committee. Chair, 2018 - 2019. service.
  • College of Nursing - Academic Program Team. Member, 2017 - 2020. service.

Honors & Awards

  • Top Abstract. American Society of Preventive Oncology, 2015
  • Health Disparities Loan Repayment Renewal Award (2016). National Institutes of Health, 2016
  • Early Career Cancer Health Disparities Research Travel Award. Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 6, 2016
  • Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award - Primary Care Winner (partnered with Dr. Suzanne Martin at University of Utah Student Health) for our project, “Increasing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Rates”. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. (AAAHC), 2017
  • Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award. University of Utah College of Nursing, 2017
  • Geographic Management Program for Cancer Health Disparities Region 6, Research Scholar Rising Star Award. Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 6, 2017
  • Geographic Management Program for Cancer Health Disparities Travel Award Recipient. Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 6, 2017
  • Research Nominee, Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Award. The Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Utah, 2017
  • American Cancer Society Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Champion Award. American Cancer Society North Region, 2018
  • First Place Poster. Extreme Affordability Conference: Impacting Health through Collaboration and Innovation. Ensign College of Public Health, Kpong, Ghana, 2018
  • Second Place - Oncology Award for Excellence in Skin and Muscle Health. Skin and Muscle. SAMnewslink.com, 2018
  • Second Place - Oncology Award for Excellence in Skin and Muscle Health. Skin and Muscle. SAMnewslink.com. 2018
  • YWCA of Utah’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Women in Medicine & Health. YWCA, 2019
  • Included as one of more than 250 women from the past and present recognized on mural for having an impact in Utah. Utah Women’s Mural Project Recipient, 2020
  • Expertise in Papillomavirus Vaccines (ranked in top 0.53% of published authors worldwide on Papillomavirus Vaccines) expertscape.com. ExpertScape, 2022
  • Highlighted in College Kudos Newsletter for article featured in the Rural Health Information Hub. University of Utah – College of Nursing, 2021

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