In Church, People Witness To Save Souls. At the WITNESS PROJECT® OF DETROIT, They Witness To Save Lives
The WITNESS PROJECT®OF DETROIT is a faith-based program that supports African American women in Detroit and Wayne County in maintaining breast health. The Witness Project® of Detroit is a program offered through the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and is funded by Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for the Cure.
Locally and nationally, African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages and more likely to die from breast cancer compared to women from all other racial and ethnic groups.
The Witness Project® is a health education model used across the nation that was developed to promote the early detection of breast cancer among African American women through screening and cancer risk management. The Witness Project® relies upon two types of volunteers who educate women in the community: 1) witness role models who are breast cancer survivors who "witness" and share their personal stories about their triumph over breast cancer, and 2) lay health advisors who are women who have never been diagnosed but provide important information about the disease and early detection.
The Witness Project®is an evidence-based intervention that is part of the National Cancer Institute's archive of Research-Tested Intervention Programs (R-TIPS).