Dana Catalina Mora (38) has recently moved from the USA to Tromsø, Norway, to work at NAFKAM. She will work on a project that will investigate what self-management strategies parents of children diagnosed with cancer use to help their child cope with the diagnoses and treatment. In addition, the project will assess whether the child received alternative treatments during the illness, and what information needs parents have about alternative treatments and cancer.
Dana holds a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Florida, and completed an internship at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in Ohio.
After the internship, she worked as a researcher at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina. There she conducted research on social inequalities and occupational health among Latino immigrants who worked in agriculture. In addition, she investigated what alternative treatments this group of workers used to deal with various health challenges. It was during this period that Dana became acquainted with NAFKAM's senior researcher Trine Stub, with whom she began a collaboration.
The project that Dana is now part of, consists of a team that will investigate how parents of children with cancer make decisions about different health choices for their children (including alternative treatments), and what questions and information needs they have about these treatments. To conduct this research, a questionnaire will be sent to members of the Childhood Cancer Society.
- Our ultimate goal is to gather enough information to be able to develop a tool that parents of children with cancer can use. The tool must contain reliable information about various strategies for self-care, including alternative treatments", said Dana Mora.
In this project, she is responsible for data collection, analysis work and dissemination of results. The goal of the project is to help children improve their physical and mental well-being during and after cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Dana says that she is looking forward to being part of the team at NAFKAM. She expects NAFKAM to continue to produce evidence-based information on alternative treatments, and that together we can continue to develop reliable information tools to help people make informed choices about their health and well-being.
We wish Dana a warm welcome!