Biography

Rebecca Cowens-Alvarado joined TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation May 2017 as the Executive Director. Rebecca brings more than 22 years' experience working to advance the fields of cancer prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship. Prior to joining TurningPoint, Rebecca worked for the American Cancer Society for more than 18 years. In her most recent role as Vice President of Health Systems for the Southeast Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS), Rebecca led a team of 120 staff members across the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states to implement the Society's strategic priorities and programs. Additionally, Rebecca led regional and national initiatives to improve cancer prevention, increase cancer screening and enhance access to cancer treatment. As the Director of the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center, she convened expert clinicians and researchers to develop clinical guidelines to enable primary care clinicians to address the needs of cancer survivors after treatment ends. She also led the development of evidence-based programs to reduce cancer disparities among American Indian, Alaska Native and rural communities across the nation. Additionally, Rebecca has engaged in a variety of research projects ranging from outreach and screening to patient and caregiver support. She holds a Master of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Drury University.