Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW

National Federation for Just Communities Honors Roswell Park’s Dr. Rodney Haring

Local agency that works to promote understanding and respect to honor Community Heroes March 19-20

  • Seneca researcher leads Roswell Park’s Center for Indigenous Cancer Research
  • Awardees embodied the mission of the organization during the pandemic
  • Dr. Haring advocates for health and well-being of Indigenous communities

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is proud to announce Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, Director of the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research will be honored with a Community Hero Award from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York (NFJC WNY).

Traditionally a luncheon, the organization re-imagined their annual event into an awards ceremony to honor and recognize “Community Heroes” who tackled the numerous challenges that faced our community in 2020. Each awardee was picked based on the impact they’ve had in our region and how it reflects the mission of the NFJC.

Shortly before COVID-19 gripped our nation and the world, Dr. Haring announced the launch of the CICR — the first initiative of its kind in the Northeast. Since then, he and his team have been pivotal in disseminating critical information to communities far and wide. Dr. Haring has hosted several webinars and a fireside chat alongside international cancer experts to focus on the unique concerns tribes and Indigenous nations faced as they coped with the pandemic. In late 2020, he was named to the national COVID-19 Prevention Network’s Native Expert Panel, a role in which he works to ensure diversity and culturally appropriate communication in COVID vaccine clinical trials.

Catch the award ceremony on WGRZ-TV Channel 2 on Friday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. or stream the event Saturday, March 20, at 5 p.m. on the NFJC WNY Facebook and YouTube page.


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