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With the community taking the lead, reimagine clear and enduring changes within systems and communities to improve African - American women's access to and use of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

The data is alarming

  • The variation in the five-year survival rate for Black women is 20 percent lower than for white women

  • Black women with late-stage breast cancer have a 58 percent survival rate compared to 81 percent for white women

  • Black women have the highest breast cancer mortality rates of all racial and ethnic groups

A three phased project 

Phase 1  Brainstorm gaps in the  to breast cancer continuum of care for Black women: Completed

Phase 2  Survey African-American community members & Healthcare providers: Completed

Phase 3  Radical collaboration and community co-design model implementations: February 2022

Community Co-Design 

Community Co-Design is a rigorous, equitable, and meaningful opportunity for all community members to have a "say" in the process. It moves from the traditional "thinking to do" approach to a "doing to think" practice where teams improve their capacity to uncover unforeseen and unintended challenges.  


Dr. Lashonda Soma

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