Women's Health Community Engagement Task Force 

This task force was created to help engage Duke faculty and staff in the ongoing efforts to improve the health of our local community.

Striving to improve the care for our patients and our community through our work, this group is led by Dr. Connie Kim, a breast radioogist at Duke, and Dr. Jennifer Plichta, a breast surgeon at Duke and Coordinator of the community event "What's Best for Breasts?".


Click here to view a webinar: "Medical (Mis)trust and (Mis)information: What you need to know about research and vaccines to make healthy decisions"

Experts featured in the webinar include:

Nadine Barrett, PhD – Duke Professor and expert on promoting and achieving diversity in clinical trials

Coleen Crespo, MIS, CRC – clinical trial participant and clinical research coordinator

Michelle Parks, BS, CRC – clinical research coordinator at the Duke Cancer Institute

Cameron Wolfe, MBBS – Duke Professor and expert on COVID-19 vaccines and treatment

Moderated by Dr. Lola Fayanju, Duke Departments of Surgery, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Forge, and the Durham VA


Another recent webinar, all-Spanish, sponsored by the Duke Cancer Institute's Office of Health Equity on Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening, in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, is available on Facebook live - click here to view!


Task Force Members include:

Connie Kim, MD Jennifer Plichta, MD Valarie Worthy, RN
Samantha Thomas, MS Ilona Stashko Awanya Caesar
Kearston Ingraham, MPH Tara Ilsley Kathy Trotter, DNP
Angelo Moore, PhD, RN Shelley Hwang, MD Tina Piccirilli
Nadine Barrett, PhD Sherry Wright Sarahn Wheeler, MD
Neha Pagidipati Ola Aloba Xiomara Boyce
Jay Baker, MD Melissa Daubert, MD Brittany Chapman
Kathy Kastan Kevin Oeffinger, MD Laura Svetkey, MD
Cheyenne Corbett, PhD Karen Johnson, MD Fred Johnson
Jennifer Gierisch, PhD Brittney Wooten Holly Hough
Gayathri Devi, PhD Gretchen Kimmick, MD Karen Goldstein, MD