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 Margaret Hitchcock, PhD
University of California, Davis

Margaret Hitchcock, PhD is a founding board member of the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4). She is a member of the Executive Committee, serving as Vice President. She chairs the community grants program for improving colorectal cancer screening in California and administers the program. She is also a principal investigator/program director at the Public Health Institute, allowing her to continue with her research interests focusing on developing ways to optimize the continuum of care for colorectal cancer, given the complicated screening recommendations, individual knowledge and preferences for method of screening, selective choices offered by health systems and insurance companies of only a subset of the USPSTF recommendations, and breakdowns in care following a positive initial screening for colorectal cancer. Her interests aim to optimize the patient-physician interaction to improve screening rates, but to also improve data collection at all phases of screening and treatment through a patient-centered approach. An additional goal is to improve data collection opportunities after the patient-physician visit that allows for identifying additional barriers to colorectal cancer care beyond diagnostic colonoscopies, with the aim to reduce morbidity and mortality for a largely preventable cancer. Dr. Hitchcock served as co-chair of the research, surveillance and evaluation team within the California Dialogue on Cancer and is an ongoing member of the executive committee. She is also a proud retiree from UC Davis, having held many roles in the Departments of Medical Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Public Health Sciences, and as a subcontractor to the California Department of Public Health.