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Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert

AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity

Cancer Disparities
CENTER OF ECONOMIC EXCELLENCE

  • National leader in health disparities research.
  • National expert in minority health and health equity as well as cancer prevention and control.
  • Research focuses on developing tailored and targeted assessments and interventions to improve health outcomes in racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations.
  • Collaborates with academic and community organizations to enhance capacity for public health and health promotions and to establish sustainable infrastructure for disease prevention and control.

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. 

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