Team Members

Community Partners

The Harper Lab is proud to be able to partner with communities across Michigan in our research. As we engage with our community partners in the research process, we hope to move forward to effectively increase the accessibility of cervical cancer screening by reducing barriers and better reaching under-screened populations. We can’t do the great work without the great support of these community partners!

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) – Dearborn, Michigan

ACCESS is the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the United States. With 11 locations and more than 120 programs serving metro Detroit, ACCESS offers a wide range of social, economic, health and educational services to a diverse population. The Harper Lab has been collaborating with ACCESS since 2019 as a community partner for the MISSH 2 project. Patients from ACCESS have been recruited to help understand the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) community’s perceptions of using home-based HPV self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening. 

MidMichigan's Family Practice Center – Midland, Michigan

Midland, Michigan is located in the Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan and serves a primarily rural population. The Harper Lab has been in collaboration with MidMichigan since 2019 as a community partner for the MISSH 2 project. Rural patients of MidMichigan have been recruited to help understand the community’s perceptions of using home-based HPV self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening.

Hamilton Community Health Clinic – Flint, Michigan

Hamilton Community Health Clinic serves the Flint community and is dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality, community-oriented health care for the insured and uninsured. The Harper Lab has been collaborating with Hamilton Community Health Clinic since 2019 as a community partner for the MISSH 2 project. Patients from Hamilton Community Health Clinic have been recruited to help understand the African-American community’s perceptions of using home-based HPV self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening. 

National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is an organization with a mission of having those affected by MS to live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. The Harper Lab has been in collaboration with The National MS Society as a community partner for the MISSH 3 project. Members of the National MS Society are being recruited to help understand the community’s perceptions of using home-based HPV self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening. 

University of Michigan Program for Research on Women's Health and Disability (PROWHD) – Ann Arbor, Michigan

The Program for Research on Women's Health and Disability (PROWHD) is a group of researchers from fields such as rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychology, gynecology, and social work working together to examine important concerns related to women’s health specifically for women with disabilities. This group is based at the University of Michigan. The PROWHD in Michigan Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation hopes to reduce barriers and empower women with disabilities by conducting research and sharing the results with patients and health care providers. The Harper Lab has been in collaboration with The PROWHD as a partner for the MISSH 3 project. Members of the PROWHD are being recruited to help understand the community’s perceptions of using home-based HPV self-sampling kits for cervical cancer screening.