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  • Writer's pictureQuisha Umemba

Utilizing community health workers in research project to build trust

Research shows Black women are at a higher risk for breast cancer. Due to this medical disparity, a research team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is working to educate community health workers on cancer screening and genetic testing.

MUSC partnered with Umemba Health to develop a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer curriculum and to facilitate training workshops. The goal of the training; to help community health workers reach the demographic most at risk, but least likely to get tested.

Umemba Health’s CEO, Quisha Umemba, discusses the importance of utilizing community health workers to build trust among community members for a research project encouraging genetic testing for Black women at higher risk of developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. 


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