Bettina Drake, PhD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, was honored with the 2017 Baylor University Distinguished Black Alumni Award. Dr. Drake accepted her award at a celebration dinner on Nov. 17, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Drake attended Baylor University during her undergraduate studies.
Dr. Drake’s research has focused on identifying preventive strategies to reduce health disparities in cancer and other chronic disease outcomes. In addition, she co-leads the Prostate Cancer Community Partnership, a community partnership of PECaD, which seeks to reduce prostate cancer disparities in the region. She is most interested in how her community-based work informs and strengthens her epidemiology findings. Information gained from community-based studies informs both study design and recruitment strategies. In turn, the results of the cancer prevention work can be disseminated in collaboration with community partners. Dr. Drake also teaches Intermediate Clinical Epidemiology in the Master of Population Health Sciences degree program.