MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Cervical Cancer Free South Carolina Workshop 1A

A. Addressing Cancer Disparities in the African American Community: 
     The South Carolina Witness Project
     The Witness Project is a community and faith-based breast and cervical cancer education
     program.  Witnesses are breast or cervical cancer survivors (Witness Role Models) or Lay 
     Health Advisors who are trained to “witness” about their experiences with cancer screening,
     diagnosis, and survivorship and assist women into screening services in their community.  
     Established in 2008, the SC Witness Project is a partnership between academic, churches, state
     and local agencies and now has 5 years of evaluation data.  This presentation will focus on the
     efforts to incorporate cervical cancer messages into the Witness Project.  The team has adapted
     this national model to reflect the voices of South Carolina women and has updated messages
     regarding HPV, HPV vaccine, new cervical cancer screening guidelines and a message of
     survivorship.  Specific successes and barriers to the intervention project and future directions of
     the project will be discussed.
          Rachel M. Mayo, PhD
          Department of Public Health Sciences
          Clemson University

          Kimberly D. Comer, MPH
          Community Health Educator
          South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network - II
          University of South Carolina

          Jacqueline Talley
          Senior Pastor
          Refuge Fellowship Ministries

          Vonda Evans, MPA
          Primary Care Associate
          American Cancer Society

          Cherry D. Seabrook
          Second Chance Cancer Support Group
          South Carolina Witness Project

Rachel M. Mayo, PhD
          Public Health Sciences
          Clemson University


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