Voorhees will present at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit

November 25, 2012

The Voorhees College Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health division will be one of the presenters during the 2012 Science on Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), United States Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The summit is a health and human services-wide endeavor involving a broad spectrum of the federal government that seeks to advance activities to eliminate health disparities.  It will be held December 17-19 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

The Voorhees College Center of Excellence in Rural and Minority Health has consistently advocated for the expansion of rural healthcare services for the low country of South Carolina. Led by Dr. Leroy Davis, executive director, the center will be sending Dr. Bernard Moses, division chair of social sciences and the center’s research director, and Dr. Stephen C. Lloyd, clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina and a research partner of the center, to present their work on “Eliminating Disparities in Colorectal Cancer: A Community Based Participatory Model” at the summit.

Davis, Moses and Lloyd developed a program that trains community navigators, brings colonoscopy services to small rural communities and monitors important quality metrics. Experts performing the colonoscopies are also available to train local primary care physicians in the art of colonoscopy. Davis, Moses and Lloyd’s research serviced 445 African Americans in rural South Carolina as patients. Research study participants were from Allendale, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. The study was funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We felt that this study was needed since it has been well documented that African Americans experience a disproportionate burden from colorectal cancer,” said Moses. “The incidence and mortality has dropped dramatically for Caucasians since 1965, but it has risen for black males.”