Document Type

Capstone Experience

Graduation Date


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Promotion

First Committee Member

Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH

Second Committee Member

Sarah Holstein, MD, Ph.D

Third Committee Member

Brandon Grimm, Ph.D, MPH


Literature Review

Worldwide, approximately 176,404 people had Multiple Myeloma in 2020, which caused about 117,077 deaths in the same period. Multiple Myeloma is a rare type of blood cancer currently considered a curable malignancy.


This public health capstone aims to create a plan for a community needs assessment for multiple Myeloma in Omaha, Nebraska.


This capstone project modified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) community needs assessment guidelines to create a Multiple Myeloma needs assessment plan for Omaha, Nebraska.


All seven steps outlined in the CDC community needs assessment planning steps were relevant. Omaha, Nebraska, will be the community of focus, with extra attention on diverse neighborhoods. A diverse group of community representatives already serves on a board of a multiple myeloma foundation and will be the community team to create this needs assessment. The community team will use a consensus-building technique to identify goals, questions to be asked, and methods/sites for data collection. The areas of needs assessment in the plan will include preliminary data, access to care, patient communication, social support, communication and outreach, and patient education.


The CDC community needs assessment framework provides all necessary steps for a community needs assessment of multiple Myeloma for Omaha, Nebraska. Community awareness of this rare but treatable cancer will be a top priority. Therefore, the project plans out a way the minorities in Omaha, Nebraska, can benefit from future educational awareness on all aspects of Multiple Myeloma by having enough knowledge of cancer’s existence. The project reviewed and summarized an overview of Multiple Myeloma, including its existence, presentation, pathology, and the benefits of a community need assessment plan, which would promote significant awareness among the community members.

Available for download on Tuesday, April 29, 2025