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HCC outreach director speaks at Congressional briefing

Debbie Chatman Bryant, DNP, R.N., director of both Partnerships for Health Care Quality Research at MUSC and Outreach and Community Relations for Hollings Cancer Center, was a featured speaker at a congressional briefing on rising mortality rates in women in the U.S., July 15 in Washington, D.C.  

At the event sponsored by Women’s Policy Inc., Bryant shared the experiences she had faced in her outreach efforts and addressed the disparities she witnesses every day in health care in South Carolina.  

In her presentation, Bryant shared stories of women who put their own health care on a back burner due to family and socio–economic issues, causing them to succumb to preventable health issues.  

As part of the HCC’s outreach efforts, the HCC Mobile Health unit team sees approximately 2,000 individuals in low income areas each year for screenings, education and awareness.
Bryant stated that 92 percent of these clients are women, 19 percent have less than a high school diploma, 60 percent receive inadequate health care, and 80 percent report they would not have sought care without the mobile van option.  

Bryant offered to the group stories of patients who were homeless or low income, who would not have had proper medical attention without the help of the lay navigation team.

She went on to share with the group that these women represent a public health crisis and encouraged them to recognize the need to overcome barriers of care.

July 25, 2014

 

 
 
 

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