This research stems from the damaging effecs of COVID-19 pandemic on women's health and quality of life. The pandemic has lef to significant loss - of lives, jobs, housing, access to healthcare, and more. At the Durham County Health Department, because of these factors and exacerbation of existing barriers in reproductive healthcare practioners there have been approximately 2000 fewer clinic visits during the pandemic as compared to before March 2020. This decline aligns with results found from the CDC that routine breast and cervical cancer screenings decreased significantly as a result of COVID-19. High quality and accessible reproductive healthcare and education empowers women to reach their full potential.
In April 2020, the total number of cancer screening tests through CDC's National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Early Detection Program)
Margaret collaborated with advocacy partners at Durham County Health Department to address gaps resulting from the pandemic by equipping patients with information of DCHD's reproductive healthcare.
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