Welcome to Project Nana

Gloria Nurse knew that contracting COVID could mean death. As an ordained minister and seasoned black woman, her faith informed and empowered her decision to refuse to walk in fear or give in to false narratives surrounding the conversation on the vaccine. What did she do? She signed up to participate in the double-blind study for the creation of the vaccine.

“When I realized that vaccine testing trials were asking for African Americans to participate in the testing of the COVID 19 trials, like many of us I was a bit skeptical. Yet, as I continued to do my research, pray and ask questions so I could make an informed decision, I knew what my answer would be. Yes, I opted in for life. I hope that you will join me and the panel assembled by Project Nana to become better informed and that you choose life more abundantly!”

After months of uncertainty due to the dangerous coronavirus pandemic, many believe the availability of vaccines is cause for celebration. But others aren’t sure what to think just yet. What does it mean to you? Are you eager to get vaccinated? Or do you need more answers? We want to know what you’re thinking and make sure you get the answers you need to make an informed decision. Please join us to discuss vaccine safety and efficacy, side-effects, rumors, and any other questions you may have.

Our Services

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Women's Health Advocacy

Advancing health equity for women 55 years and older means creating awareness and advocating for change in language and policies that diminish the importance of on going, preventative women’s healthcare beyond the reproductive season.

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Workshops

There is a need to amplify voices surrounding nuanced discussions on women’s health. We support seasoned women by making certain they are educated about continuing gynecologic care in order to improve health outcomes and overall quality of life. Through our innovative approach to educational workshops, we provide a safe, hands on, fun and informative learning environment that empowers women to become more engaged in their healthcare. Hear and share stories with other women and learn from leading healthcare providers and advocates.

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Provider and Peer Training

An informed and empowered seasoned woman understands that she is a partner in her health journey. We train healthcare providers in techniques to improve their patient engagement. We also equip peer support teams with tools to assist women with navigating resources and services.

OTHER SERVICES INCLUDE: Resource referral and assistance, Research, and Community outreach activities!
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Upcoming Events

We will begin monthly programming in February 2021. This will include workshops, panels, training opportunities and other special events.
What can you do in the meantime?
Share the eligibility survey with everyone and anyone that you believe would benefit from one of our many planned events.
The person with the most referrals will be getting a special gift from us.

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Research Shows...

Post-menopausal women are at an increased risk for developing gynecologic cancers. In addition, health disparities – or differences – exist among different groups of women that could contribute to increased rates of gynecologic cancers. These health disparities can result in some women lacking access to a gynecologist or other healthcare provider, delayed diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer, or not receiving the proper screenings and tests needed to ensure a healthy future.

The Facts

According to the CDC, 1 in 20 women between the ages of 66-70 has never had a Pap smear. The older a woman gets, the less likely she will receive a Pap smear. Recent research has found that the number of new cases of cervical cancer increases with age and that more Black women are diagnosed with cervical cancer compared to White women.

Growing Number of Seasoned Women

 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2060 nearly 1 in 4 Americans will be over 65 years of age, with over 51 million of those 65 and older being women.

Racial Disparitites

Although Black Americans make up only 12% of the US population, compared to White Americans they have higher rates of HIV diagnoses, higher rates of STI diagnoses (including syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia), late diagnoses for certain gynecologic cancers, and generally have lower survival rates when diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. In addition, women living in the U.S. South are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV, STIs, cervical cancer, or ovarian cancer compared to other regions of the U.S.

Screening Recommendations

National organizations such as The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that women continue to receive gynecological care throughout their lifetime. An annual well-woman visit, as it is called, may consist of a pelvic exam, a Pap smear, cancer, and STI screenings, as well as counseling by a gynecologist or women’s health practitioner to cover other female sexual health needs.

HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS FELLOW
EALENA CALLENDER, MD, FACOG
SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
MALLORY FRIES
RESEARCH FELLOW
SHANA MELANAPHY
RECRUITMENT & OUTREACH FELLOW

BOLUTIFE OMOLOJU

PROGRAM FELLOW
MORGAN PAYNE
BRAND MANAGER & DESIGNER
KELSEY CALLAHAN
AUDIOVISUAL SERVICES
DEREK WHITE

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DIRECTOR
MEGAN BUCZKOWSKI, MBA
SENTARA HEALTHCARE
DIRECTOR
KEISHA BURFOOT, MD
ELITE WOMEN’S CARE
DIRECTOR
JOCELYN HARRISON, MPA, MS
DIRECTOR
BRENDA QUINN, PMP, SIX SIGMA
ANTHEM
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
VANESSA L. HILL, MFA, MPH, PMP
FOUNDING DIRECTOR
NICOLE FOSTER, MPH, J.D.
FOUNDING DIRECTOR
R. KENNY LEBLANC, DSL, MSCL
PRINCIPAL, LEBLANC GROUP