Dr. Andrew Dykens
Dr. Andrew Dykens is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Director of Global Health Systems at the UIC Center for Global Health. He is currently a NIH Fogarty International Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) recipient, a member of the UIC Cancer Center, a Fellow at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, and a member of the CDC’s Global Health and Territorial Research Network as a part of the Illinois Prevention Research Center. Through the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Dr. Dykens is the Founding Chair for the Capacity Building Subcommittee, a global initiative that aims to connect locally identified human resource gaps to existing training capacity and evidence-based curricula. Since 2010, he has studied the implementation of sustainable cervical cancer screening programs through capacity building, quality improvement, and behavioral interventions at the regional level in rural Senegal. Through this project, his team actively collaborates with the Senegal National Ministry for Health and Social Affairs, the Institute of Health and Development at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, the Senegal National Cancer Institute, Peace Corps Senegal, and Rotary. He is committed to a career studying the access determinants, capacity implementation, and sustainability of cancer prevention services, especially in low resource settings.