Echo Warner is a student at the University of Utah College of Nursing PhD program. As a first generation college graduate from a rural community, Echo is passionate about reducing health disparities, working in underserved communities, and educating future generations. Echo completed her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and Health where she became interested in public health and community based research. She pursued a Masters of Public Health and graduate certificate in Global Health during which she began her research career studying diabetes management among Burmese and Somali refugees and pediatric poisonings in rural Ghana. Finding her passion for public health research, and recognizing that global health includes the communities in which we all live, Echo completed her graduate practicum project studying pediatric cancer survivors’ perceptions of the Affordable Care Act at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2011. Over the last 5 years Echo has worked in Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. These experiences sparked her interest in the experiences of young adults (YA) with cancer. Like most cancer patients, YA do not experience cancer in isolation. Partners, family, friends and colleagues are important relationships for YA. These relationships become essential to the continued growth and development of a YA cancer patient and caregiver. Echo’s long-term goal is to support YA in their cancer experience. Echo is a member of the Delta Omega Honors Society in Public Health, the American Society of Preventive Oncology, and a student representative on the College of Nursing Research Committee.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare – Cancer
Dissertation: Utilization of social media for social support among young adult cancer caregivers