MCC Champion Award

The MCC Champion Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, success, and impact in the fight against cancer. This individual has, through their proven efforts, reduced the burden of cancer, championed initiatives to prevent and control cancer, and has improved the lives of those living with cancer. The MCC Champion will be a person who has been looked up to as a leader in cancer prevention and control.


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2020 MCC Champion Award Recipient - Susan Hoppough


Susan Hoppough, PhD, RN, is the Executive Director of Research & Innovation for Mercy Health including Saint Mary’s and Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s in Nursing and a PhD in Family Studies, specializing in underserved populations.

Dr. Hoppough has been a leader, and long-standing member, of the Michigan Cancer Consortium (MCC). She has used her extensive experience and expertise to benefit cancer prevention and control initiatives as performed through many MCC committees and workgroups including:
• Colon Cancer Advisory Committee
• Cervical Cancer Screening Action Group
• Cervical Cancer Advisory Committee

Her leadership also consisted of:
• Serving on the MCC Board of Directors and
• Serving as a MCC Co-Chair

During her time as Co-Chair of the MCC, Dr. Hoppough represented the Consortium at a national coalition workshop and was on hand to accept a national award from C-Change for work to reduce tobacco use among cancer survivors.

With over 20 years of experience in research, Dr. Hoppough currently provides operational oversight of contracts and grants for both federally funded programs and research including clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies. In 2006, she received $250,000 from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to study the Effects of the Use of Culturally Specific Breast Health Information among Vietnamese Women.

At the national level, Dr. Hoppough was the Disparities Subcommittee Co-Chair for the NCI National Community Cancer Center Program (NCI NCCCP), to which The Lacks Cancer Center at Saint Mary’s was selected to in 2010. She also co-led the Disparities Subcommittee for this program locally.

Dr. Hoppough is a leader in cancer prevention and control initiatives through her work both with the Michigan Cancer Consortium and Susan G. Komen, as well as with national and local organizations who are addressing cancer disparities.