“I come from a family where breast cancer has become a mediator in my personal and professional development”JOSÉ IBARRA
Being part of the MOLA Scholars program allowed me to shift my thinking and expand my horizons beyond medicine. Seeing my idea evolve into a project with the support of Dr. Iacobelli and Dr. Bianco was a circle to complete, as I come from a family where breast cancer has become a mediator in my personal and professional development, aiming to improve healthcare delivery for Spanish-speaking populations.
My project, “Identifying Services Provided to Diagnose, Treat, and Improve the Survivorship of Hispanic Breast Cancer Patients: A multi-center analysis in Chicago,” focused on identifying, analyzing, and reporting breast cancer service disparities in intervention provision, care centers’ presence, and breast cancer education opportunities in the city of Chicago. We also discussed the implications and future directions to address service disparities in large urban areas such as Chicago.