The Community Health Advisor Program and Training

What is the Community Health Advisor Program?
The program is a three-way partnership among a non-governmental agency (Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation), a service-providing agency, and a local community designed to improve and strengthen health care in local communities.

The Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention is a program of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The University of Southern Mississippi is one of the major service-providing agencies of the Community Health Advisor Program. USM provides technical support and staff to conduct the cancer education training sessions.

The Community Health Advisor program thrives on the idea of empowering “natural helpers.”  A natural helper is a community-oriented person trusted as someone to turn to in times of need.


Left: Freddie White-Johnson, Founder & President of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation has solicited the support of her sisters to carry out their father, Wilson V White's last request on his dying bed–

Make a difference to help the poor.”

In November 1977, their father died from untreated lung cancer.

Together, they are fighting cancer health disparities in the Mississippi Delta.

Community Health Advisors are the individual natural helpers from the community.After completing 16 hours of cancer education training, each Community Health Advisor (CHA) works in three action arenas – individual, service provider, community – to promote cancer awareness, screening and early detection.

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