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Rebecca Palpant-Shimkets

Rebecca Palpant-Shimkets


National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Rebecca Palpant-Shimkets

Rebecca Palpant-Shimkets


National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Rebecca Palpant Shimkets is a public health consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Colorectal Cancer Screening Engagement and Peer-to-Peer Learning projects.  She has 20 years of experience in national and global program development, project management, strategic planning, and training primarily in the behavioral health field.  Prior to becoming a consultant, for 15 years she provided leadership for Former U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s primary anti-stigma initiative The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.  Her public health work has included overseeing a special theme issue of the American Journal of Public Health on stigma reduction initiatives, and appointments to two National Academy of Sciences committees focused on changing public perceptions of behavioral health. 

Palpant Shimkets has served on numerous advisory boards and committees.  Her experience includes engaging across cultures and traveling extensively throughout the world speaking, building partnerships for program development, and creating program models for and overseeing active programming.  Under her leadership at The Carter Center, she initiated and completed program development in South Africa, Romania, Colombia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. 

Today, Palpant Shimkets is an independent consultant focusing on oncology research, education, and advocacy specializing in providing strategic and project planning, research and report writing, and technical advice on public health campaigns.

Rebecca lives in North Georgia with her husband and two stepsons.

Cancer Survivorship Connection

Survivors helping others survive

Three women, three cancer survivorship journeys, three missions resulting in nonprofits started to help and support others fighting cancer.


The pandemic and civil rights issues are profoundly interwoven with cancer survivorship

June 2020 will go down in history as a flash point for civil rights while overlaying one of the most significant public health crises in a century. While we focus on these important societal challenges, let us not lose sight of immediate steps we can take now for our health and the health of those in the communities that surround us.


 Resources & Education

Nancy Paris elevates cancer treatment and research in Georgia

Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia CORE since its creation in 2005. At the end of the year, she will be retiring after spending her entire career in healthcare, during which she focused on addressing community health issues including homelessness, HIV/AIDS and rural health.


How the Georgia Sewers came to the rescue

Nearly 400 volunteers in 58 counties have been cutting out fabric and elastic, handling administrative duties and of course, sewing.


Georgia CORE and partners win five-year grant for colorectal cancer prevention

The CDC-funded program will bring colorectal screening, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 people in southeast and southwest Georgia.


Georgia CORE


Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.