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HERS transparent approach to collective change creates the ripple effect within communities by helping create strategies and building strong collaborative incentives towards resource development and equitable opportunities for healthcare.
Women, especially women of color and their families would become informed about community resources which could delineate social determinants, access linkage to services and bridging gaps in order to pursue care in a timely manner.
Women become aware of the ability to access resources could ultimately impact a women’s decision to seek out care which may increase her life expectancy and statistically reduce the mortality percentages of this Silent Killer.
Women would be able to LEARN about the symptoms and risks of ovarian cancer, take note of their family history and seek genetic testing; LISTEN to their bodies for persistent symptoms associated with ovarian cancer and ACT to seek care for persistent symptoms; if gynecological cancer is suspected or diagnosis, seek care from a Gynecological Oncologist.
Engage all women, especially women of color in an intentional/on-going dialogue about ovarian cancer
Self awareness and advocacy for medical care and choices
Movement: Create conversations, awareness, education and an ongoing dialogue for women of color, families and care providers
Provide access and links to resources and services
Navigate the complex healthcare system and identify social barriers
Identify and establish community partners
Narrow disparities (Racial differences in treatments, follow up, disease management, health beliefs, biology of cancers, systematic differences in access to doctors, medical treatments and early detection
Timely diagnosis, treatment and complete treatment increase resiliency generation after generation
Cultural awareness to decrease mortality percentages among women of color