Empowering Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Women-inspired Strategies for Health (WISH) (2020-2021)

Building on the work of previous teams and leveraging strong relationships in Peru, this project examined ways to deploy innovative women-centered technologies for home-based screening for cervical cancer with the efficacy of screening done in health facilities. 

Team members focused on three components: storytelling as a way to empower women to take control of their health; cost-effectiveness of interventions with respect to traditional models of care; and a policy framework for in-country adoption of the model.

Team members gained a deep understanding of cervical cancer and global health disparities as well as the technological developments to democratize access to healthcare and screening. Focusing their work around the Callascope, a state-of-the-art device that helps women take an image of their own cervix and explore their reproductive anatomy, the team investigated healthcare systems and challenges in Peru, oral history, cost-effectiveness analysis and policy analysis before turning to the creation of specific tools around storytelling, stakeholder interviews and time-motion analysis for costing.


Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

Team Outputs

Exploring Health Literacy through Visual Narratives: An Interview with Fatima Massare Somers

The Value of Storytelling in Women’s Health

“Failing Black Mothers” and the Non-Consensual Origins of Gynecology

Teaching From My Kitchen Table: Education in Trying Times

WISH Costing Team

Inspired by Women in 2020: End of Year Recap of WISH

Cervical Cancer Team: Developing Interventions for Cervical Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

This Team in the News

Using Storytelling to Break the Stigma Surrounding Reproductive Health

Reimagining the Gynecological Exam

Engineering a Revolution in Women's Health

Announcing the 2020 ReMed Fellows (Margaret Gaw)

“Cervical Cancer Revolution” Proposal Among Top 100 for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

See related team, Empowering Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Women-inspired Strategies for Health (WISH) (2021-2022).


Image: Mercy Asiedu and Julia Agudogo hold the Callascope.


Team Leaders

  • Patricia Garcia, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Wesley Hogan, Franklin Humanities Institute
  • Nimmi Ramanujam, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering

/graduate Team Members

  • Maria Connearn Diaz, Masters of Public Policy, International Dev Policy
  • Diana Carolina Quintero, International Dev Policy
  • Diana Ramirez Guzman, Grad Innovation & Entrprship
  • Jessica LaLonde, Mech Engg/Materials Sci-PHD

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Helen Williams, Interdepartmental Major
  • Ruhama Tereda, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Rhea Tejwani, Computer Science (BS)
  • Natalie Rincon, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Rachel Mundaden, Biology (BS)
  • Karina Moreno Bueno, Biology (BS)
  • Elizabeth Maydew, Spanish (AB)
  • Fatima Massare Somers, Program II (AB)
  • Khue Huynh, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Margaret Gaw, English (AB)
  • Caroline Doherty, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Tamira Daniely, Robertson Scholarship - UNC

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Libby Dotson, Pratt School of Engineering-Biomedical Engineering
  • Andrea Thoumi, Margolis Center for Health Policy

/zcommunity Team Members

  • HOPE Initiative
  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia