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Michael A. Preston
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Specialization: Health Services and Systems Research
PhD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 2013
MPH University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 2004

Health services research

Cancer health disparities

Implementation research in cancer disparities

Community engagement research


Health Policy

Underserved communities

Minority communities

Rural communities

Men's health

Service and Engagement

Reaching the Underserved, Rural, and Low-Income (RURaL) Lab for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer Disparities

Center for Health Equity and Innovation (CHEqI)


Health Economics: Theory and Principles

Health Economics: Health Equity and Policy

Honors and Credentials

2022 Spring Grant Academy, VCU Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation
2021 Wright Faculty Scholar in Health Disparities, Virginia Commonwealth University
2021 NCI 2021 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC)
2020 National Achievement Award, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (Arkansas Cancer Coalition)
2020 Scholar-in-Training Award for Cancer Health Disparities, American Association for Cancer Research
2020 NIH LRP Award from Health Disparities, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
2019 Colorectal Cancer Research Champion Award, Southeastern CRC Consortium Annual Meeting
2018 National Cancer Institute RTIPs Colorectal Cancer Evidence-Based Intervention
2018 Recognized at National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Conference for biggest gain in CRC screening


Linking Community Leaders to Reduce Nutrition Insecurity and Health Consequences for Underserved Neighbors in Marion County
Funding, American Heart Association
The major goals of this project are to reduce nutrition insecurity and health consequences for underserved communities.


Administration and Committee Work

2001 Reaching the Underserved, Rural, and Low-Income (RURaL) Lab for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer Disparities

2023 Pharmacy Practice Admissions Review


June 2022, “Racial Disparities in the Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Colorectal Cancer Screening” at AcademyHealth 2022 Annual Research Meeting, Washington, D.C.

June 2022, “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evidence from the Fifth Year of Medicaid Expansion” at AcademyHealth 2022 Annual Research Meeting, Washington, D.C.

February 2022, “Cancer Care Delivery Research Updates,” Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center’s 11th Annual Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program (MU-NCORP) Symposium and Affiliate Retreat, A Virtual Educational Event. 

November 2021, “Precision Public Health Strategies to Address Colorectal Cancer Screening Delays and Cancer Disparities,” Virginia Community Healthcare Association, A Virtual Educational Event.

September 2021, “Precision Public Health to Address Colorectal Cancer Screening Delays and Cancer Disparities,” Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia 2021 Virginia Cancer Conference, A Virtual Educational Event. 

July 2021, “Understanding Cancer Survivorship in Men: Perspectives from Rural Black Men”, Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) Program in Region 1 North, A Virtual Educational Event.

July 2021 Panel, “Virginia Colorectal Cancer Roudtable Update”, Southeastern Colorectal Cancer Consortium, A Virtual Educational Event.

June 2021, “Benefits of Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs): All You Need to Know” at the Clinics and COmmunities TAckling RaciaL DisparitiEs Systemic in Cancer ScrEening (COALESCE) Project Meeting. 

Representative Publications

Preston MA, Cadet D, Hunley R, Retnam R, Arezo S, Sheppard VB. Health Equity and Colorectal Cancer Awareness: A Community Health Educator Initiative. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Oct 22:1–6. doi: 10.1007/s13187-021-02102-2. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34677801; PMCID: PMC8532449.

Preston MA, Ross L, Chukmaitov A, Smith SA, Odlum ML, Dahman B, Sheppard VB. (2021). Health Insurance Coverage Mandates: Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Post-ACA Era. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2021 Jan;14(1):123-130. doi: 10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-20-0028. Epub 2020 Sep 11. PMID: 32917646; PMCID: PMC7947034. 

Sheppard VB, Sutton A, Holmes E, Edmonds M, Preston MA, Namoos AM, Wells M, Thomson MD. Recruitment of African Americans into Cancer Clinical Research: Strategies and Outcomes. J Urban Health. 2021 Oct;98(Suppl 2):149-154. doi: 10.1007/s11524-021-00565-8. Epub 2021 Aug 9. PMID: 34374033; PMCID: PMC8352149.

Sutton AL, Preston MA, Thomson M, Litzenberg C, Taylor TF, Cole EP, Sheppard VB. (2021). Reaching Rural Residents to Identify Colorectal Cancer Education and Intervention Targets. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Apr;36(2):338-344. doi: 10.1007/s13187-019-01635-x. PMID: 31654321; PMCID: PMC7182473.

Stoner K, Preston MA, Mustain WC, Mizell JS, Mehaffey G, Laryea JA. (2021). The Impact of Transversus Abdominis Plane Block Within an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol on Length of Stay. Dis Colon Rectum. 2021 Mar 1;64(3):313-318. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000001873. PMID: 33395140.