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UAB-trained community health counselors remain a critical asset for cancer awareness, education and screening

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In two decades, the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB has trained over 2,000 community health counselors. Countless lives have been affected by the work of these CHWs, who provide a link to essential health education and awareness in the communities that need it most.

As the Office of Outreach and Community Engagement celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, program leaders reflect on the founding, growth and evolution of its core asset, the Community Health Counselor Program.

Since its inception in 1995, the office has been dedicated to increasing cancer education and awareness among medically underserved populations and addressing health disparities. The CHA played a central role in the execution of this mission.

“The impact of community health counselors can never be overstated,” said program director Claudia Hardy, who joined the office in 1998. “The CHA model is an ideal approach to reach those who are medically underserved due to our use of trusted men and women. of the targeted community who are “natural helpers”. These community leaders, in turn, educate their families and neighbors …

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