Prostate cancer mortality rates in South Carolina are three times greater for African-Americans than for Caucasians. African-American women succumb to breast cancer at higher rates than white women. Such disparities in disease and healthcare outcomes are common in South Carolina, which has an ethnically diverse population.
Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, a recognized leader in health disparities research, is the first of three SmartState Endowed Chairs in the Center for Cancer Disparities who will address cancer equity issues. She possesses a significant body of novel research in health disparities for cancer and other major diseases.
As a SmartState Endowed Chair, Dr. Hughes-Halbert is working to incorporate basic behavioral science in exploring how patients make treatment decisions; developing statewide partnerships to increase minority access to care; improving access to technology that enhances delivery of care; and raising health literacy across all populations.
Dr. Hughes-Halbert joins MUSC from the University of Pennsylvania where she was director of Community-based Research & Health Disparities and the Community and Diversity Initiative at the Abramson Cancer Center.