Jackson, MS (November 15, 2023) — The Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health
invites Black women aged 18-50 to participate in a crucial research survey to address the impact
of healthcare providers' implicit bias on the utilization of breast cancer services by Black women
in the State of Mississippi.
Black women are more likely to develop breast cancer before age 60 and have a higher
prevalence of difficult-to-treat subtypes (such as triple-negative breast cancer). To combat this
disparity and foster equity among breast cancer patients, the Institute is working to identify
unique and actionable solutions.
The research survey is not limited to assessing bias. It will also investigate the impact of
perceived discrimination on the quality of healthcare delivered to African American women
between the ages of 18-50. This study is funded by the Preparedness and Treatment Equity
Coalition (PTEC). PTEC awarded three $50,000 grants to multi-disciplinary research teams, like
the Institute, that are identifying metrics and outcome measures that can be used to encourage
policy and practice change. The ultimate objective is to decrease inequity in breast cancer
screening, treatment, and outcomes.
Black women 18-50 who've visited a healthcare provider within the past two years are
encouraged to register and participate in this vital survey. “The Institute believes results from
this survey may be useful in identifying factors that influence the development of breast cancer
disparities,” said Dr. Sandra Melvin, CEO, the Institute for the Advancement of Minority Health.
“Together, we can make a meaningful impact on healthcare equity.”
For more information and to register for the survey, please