Community Health Advisors (CHAs)
    – Men in
Black and Blue Fighting Prostate Cancer Program

 Leflore County, Mississippi
 
            
In order to fight prostate cancer and promote early detection of this disease, the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation developed and implemented a pilot program, “Community Health Advisors (CHAs) Men in Black and Blue Fighting Prostate Cancer” in Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi. The training was well attended and highly successful in terms of the number of “foot soldiers” ultimately trained and equipped to reach out to their peer group and urge those who  are reluctant to talk with female volunteers to speak candidly with them. Additionally, this program represented the first time such a program has been implemented in the state of Mississippi.

The CHAs-Men in Black and Blue Fighting Prostate Cancer ‘s pilot project was implemented with funding from the Mississippi Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control to promote early detection of this disease and reduce the cancer mortality disparities among underserved African American men from the least healthy communities in the nation, the rural Mississippi Delta. The University of Southern Mississippi provided technical support and staff to conduct the health education training.

The trained CHAs-Men in Black and Blue strive to help other men to take a proactive approach to their health and encourage them to discuss prostate cancer risk factors and testing options with their physician. They work to save lives, provide education information to prostate cancer survivors, educate those who are at risk, and work with medical providers to conduct free or reduced rates for prostate cancer testing.
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The trained CHAs – Men in Black and Blue Fighting Prostate Cancer serve as “foot soldiers” to identify men who have rarely or never been screened for prostate cancer. Consistently, African American men die at a significantly higher rate from prostate cancer due to contributing factors such as lack of access to healthcare, education, and poverty.
 
Making strides in the fight against prostate cancer!
 
 
Carroll County, Mississippi
Community Health Advisors - Men in Black & Blue Fighting Prostate Cancer
Class of 2013