Gwainevere Hess, President, Black Women’s Agenda, Inc, is pleased to report on the insightful workshop of education and exploration held during the recent annual BWA Workshop. Designed to enlighten participants on Reducing Disparity in Breast Cancer among African American women through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the Workshop, sponsored by the GE Corporation, took place on Friday, September 23, 2011 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC. Joining BWA at the workshop were community leaders in STEM fields, GE corporate officers and staff, faith-based groups, and presidents of the 15 national Black women’s organizations. These organizations have agreed to collaborate with BWA and GE to inspire more African American women to participate in clinical trials and to become scientists who can tackle this breast cancer disparity issue head-on through research and close this gap forever.
The workshop included a dynamic panel discussion featuring Dr. Claudia Baquet, Associate Dean for Policy and Planning at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, Dean and Executive Vice President at Morehouse School of Medicine. The panel was moderated by Patricia Pearman, Director of Disparity Programs and U.S. Partnerships at GE healthymagination. BWA’s goals for this workshop are to heighten awareness of this alarming fact, make this disparity a National priority; and to educate consumer advocates on how they can impact this critical issue.
Listen to the entire workshop on the following audio recording produced by R.J. Myers Publishing and Consulting Company.
Listen to the 2011 Stem and Breast Cancer Workshop (two parts).