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Evaluation and Quality Improvement Core

The Evaluation and Quality Improvement core is tasked with establishing continuous quality improvement processes and outcomes for the Center of Excellence in Cancer Research.

Our efforts are focused on:

1) The functioning of the center as a whole with all of its component parts.

2) The monitoring of center mentorship program goals and objectives mutually set by scholars and mentors.

We collect valuable feedback from internal and external advisors to further improve the program. A rigorous evaluation program coupled with quality and process advancements will ensure efficient investment of resources. To date, we have evaluated the first annual symposium, deployed a survey to obtain key stakeholders’ feedback on center priorities and expectations, and developed a template to track scholar progress and achievements.

Our Team

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, Director

Regents and Distinguished Professor

Texas A&M School of Public Health

Dr. Ory has more than 10 years of experience in cancer prevention and control and substantial expertise with program evaluation efforts. She specializes in implementation research issues including addressing recruitment and retention, designing culturally sensitive interventions in diverse populations across the life-course, and evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of different health promotion and disease prevention intervention efforts.

Anton Soriano, MPH, Program Coordinator

Research Associate, Center for Community Health & Aging

Mr. Soriano has worked at the Texas A&M Center for Community Health and Aging (CCHA) for the past two years. Through his work, he has been able to impact local communities by increasing health literacy and contributing to positive health changes. Additionally, he has experience evaluating novel disease prevention and control programs for COVID-19 and chronic diseases.

Surveys and Data Collection

The following surveys are currently open. Please review the intended audience(s) and criteria before completing. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

Cancer Research Symposium survey (2023)

Intended for participants of the inaugural Cancer Research Symposium that took place in College Station, Texas, on May 22, 2023

Baseline Survey

Intended for members of the Center of Excellence in Cancer Research team


If you have questions about the surveys listed above—including whether you fit the criteria for completing them—please email Anton Soriano.

The Texas A&M Health Center of Excellence in Cancer Research is funded by a Texas Regional Excellence in Cancer (TREC) award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).