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HELA Legacy Lives | Lunch and Learn with Veronica Robinson
In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, The Mississippi Partnership for Comprehensive Cancer Control is hosting a webinar featuring Henrietta Lacks Descendant, Veronica Robinson


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Veronica Robinson
Henrietta Lacks' Descendant @HELA100
Veronica Robinson is a patient rights advocate who speaks on The Lacks family's experience in biomedical research, its impact on participation, and ethics in this modern era of precision medicine. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Lacks family-led HELA100: Henrietta Lacks Initiative and is honored to serve as a World Health Organization Goodwill Ambassador for Cervical Cancer Elimination. Veronica travels the country sharing The Lacks Family’s efforts to control their medical history and rebuild trust with the medical community Working with the National Institutes of Health, Veronica serves as both an All of US Ambassador advocating for access to precision medicine and as a Lacks Family Representative on the HeLa Genome Data Access Working Group. As a member of this groundbreaking Working Group, she contributes to providing controlled access to the genomic data and ensuring credit is attributed to The Lacks Family in publications based on the research done with Henrietta’s DNA data.
Catherine Young
Director of the Mississippi Comprehensive Cancer Control Program @Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity
Catherine Young is the director of the Mississippi Comprehensive Cancer Control Program in the Office of Preventive Health and Health Equity where she provides oversight and management for all program related activities, serves as lead for overall day to day program and grant operations; coordinates with all state agencies, institutions of higher learning, and partners; coordinates state and local training; provides technical assistance and ensures required reports and documentation are submitted. Previously, her career has spanned over the last 11 years with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest breast cancer organization as the Executive Director/Senior Vice President of the Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee affiliate. In this role Catherine developed collaborative projects and partnerships with community organizations, oversaw the community grants program, evaluation, proposals, distribution, tracking and auditing of all grant programs.