Seewaldt project an ARRA success story

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Victoria Seewaldt, MD, professor of medicine (Medical Oncology), is co-PI on an ARRA grant looking for answers to the disparity in breast cancer death rates for black and white women.

That effort, dubbed the REACH Project (Reaching, Educating, and Advocating to Change Health), is featured in this National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences newsletter article: Fighting Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality Rates: ARRA Success Story. It highlights the three community health workers hired to conduct surveys of African-American women in the Durham area about their health, attitudes, and lifestyles. Seewaldt and the group plan to survey 900 women.

Marie-Lynn Miranda, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences & policy, is the other co-PI. Others project leaders include the Duke Navigator Team led by Stephanie Robertson; Valarie Worthy and Eugenia Millander of the Sisters Network (a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization); Corretta Miller and Della McKinnon of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative outreach team; and Sharon Elliot Bynum, RN, who runs CAARE, a free community clinic in Durham and a REACH Project enrollment site.

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