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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

Guest Editorial: A three-time cancer survivor should not get COVID-19, but I did

Cancer patients and survivors should not get COVID-19. A three-time cancer survivor should definitely not get COVID. But I did. And it was not good. Here is my story and the lessons I learned that might be of value to others.


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


Lung Cancer Screening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

GASCO encourages all our members and members of the survivorship community to view the new video produced by the Medical Association of Georgia as the November offering of their "Top Docs" program.


 Screening & Genetics

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of Georgia CORE. Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.



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.


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.


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.