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Texas Tech Health El Paso Faculty Member Part of American Cancer Society's New Nationwide Cancer Screening Program

Cancer prevention expert Dr. Jennifer Molokwu will help lead Clinical Champions Corps at Texas Tech Health El Paso.



EL PASO, TEXAS - The American Cancer Society (ACS) has unveiled its latest initiative, the Clinical Champions Corps, aimed at revolutionizing cancer prevention and screening efforts across the nation.


One of the members of the inaugural corps is Texas Tech Health El Paso’s Jennifer Molokwu, M.D., M.P.H., director of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.


The Clinical Champions Corps, spearheaded by the ACS, identifies subject matter experts in

cancer prevention and screening from diverse geographic regions. These experts form a corps dedicated to providing vital information and training to health care professionals nationwide. Dr. Molokwu is one of five primary care clinicians who are part of this national program.


Dr. Molokwu supports the South region which includes California, Hawaii, Guam, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.


Dr. Molokwu said part of the corps' mission is to share evidence-based methodologies to enhance cancer screening practices within communities, clinics and organizations.

Alonso Andrade, M.D., interim director of the Breast Care Center, said assistance with basic needs positively impacts a patient's course of treatment.


"This new program signifies a pivotal step in our ongoing battle against cancer," said Dr. Molokwu. "By leveraging the expertise of health care professionals and empowering them with the latest evidence-based strategies, we can elevate cancer screening initiatives to

unprecedented levels of effectiveness."


The program targets four key areas of cancer screening: breast, colorectal, cervical, and lung

cancer. Through comprehensive education and training, the Clinical Champions Corps equips health care professionals with the tools to identify cancer at early stages to improve treatment outcomes and survival rates.


Dr. Molokwu emphasized the importance of disseminating knowledge about cancer screening, particularly among underserved communities.


"Access to screening services is essential for all individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status," Dr. Molokwu said. "Through our programs, we aim to break down barriers to screening and ensure every individual has the opportunity to receive life-saving preventive care."


The Clinical Champions Corps, a year-long program that started last year, has been extended until this May. During the pilot period, recruited champions educate a minimum of 100 professionals. The program will evaluate the impact of these efforts, with the potential for future expansion.


Dr. Molokwu also highlighted the program's impact in our Borderplex, which will complement Texas Tech Health El Paso’s existing cancer prevention initiatives, which include the Breast Cancer Education, Screening and Navigation Program, Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer Screening, De Casa En Casa and Tiempo de Vacunarte.


"Our programs have already made substantial strides in cancer prevention and screening," said Dr. Molokwu. "Through continued collaboration and dedication, we can further amplify our impact and save countless lives."


Dr. Molokwu, an associate professor in the university’s Department of Family and Community

Medicine and a family medicine specialist at Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso, has been involved with cancer prevention programs at Texas Tech Health El Paso for more than 10 years. As vice chair of the department’s research division, she leads efforts to collect data on the effectiveness of the university’s cancer prevention programs. In 2021 she became director of the department’s Cancer Prevention and Control Division.


 

ABOUT TEXAS TECH HEALTH EL PASO

Texas Tech Health El Paso is the only health sciences center on the U.S.-Mexico border and

serves 108 counties in West Texas that have been historically underserved. It’s a designated

Title V Hispanic-Serving Institution, preparing the next generation of health care heroes, 48% of whom identify as Hispanic and are often first-generation students.


Established as an independent university in 2013, Texas Tech Health El Paso is a proudly diverse and uniquely innovative destination for education and research.


With a mission of eliminating health care barriers and creating life-changing educational opportunities for Borderplex residents, Texas Tech Health El Paso has graduated over 2,400 doctors, nurses and researchers over the past decade, and will add dentists to its alumni beginning in 2025. For more information, visit ttuhscepimpact.org.


 

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