Helen Parsons
Office Address:
D369 Mayo
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Helen Parsons, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management


Program Leader of Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship (SPECS), Masonic Cancer Center


PhD, Health Services Research, Policy, and Administration, University of Minnesota
MPH, Public Health Administration and Policy, University of Minnesota
AB, Government, Dartmouth College


Trained as a health services researcher, my research focuses on access to care and outcomes for individuals with cancer and other chronic diseases. My goal is to identify effective strategies to improve the quality and value of healthcare for these individuals. I have an established research program examining the impact of health policies and innovative programs on use of guideline-recommended care, health equity, financial and logistic burden, access to needed social and community services, and clinical outcomes for cancer survivors. I have expertise in mixed-methods research that is theory-based and grounded in use of implementation science frameworks. I use a combination of clinical registries, administrative data, population-based databases, surveys, focus groups, and other methodologies to understand the impact of these programs and policies.


Cancer survivorship; administrative/claims data; health policy; adolescents and young cancer survivors; Medicare/Medicaid; chronic disease; quality of care; health equity

Awards and Recognition

  • Visiting Research Scientist, American Cancer Society (2023-2025)
  • ResearcHERS Rising Star Award, American Cancer Society (2022)
  • Order of the Eastern Star (OES) Scholar, Masonic Cancer Center (2020-2022)
  • The Presidential Distinguished Junior Research Scholar Award, University of Texas Health Science Center (2016)
  • The Michael Kamin Hart Award of Excellence in Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario (2013)

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