Program Director, Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention, University of Southern Mississippi
Representing: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates
Term ends August 2020
Freddie White-Johnson is the Program Director for the Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention at the University of Southern Mississippi. The network is designed to build on an established community and institutional capacity in order to eliminate cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training, and research. She recognized that the traditional healthcare system was more oriented toward treatment than prevention, and because of that, she spearheaded the development of a stakeholder collaboration that led to the founding of the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation in 2004, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit community-based organization. She is responsible for raising more than $100,000 to purchase five acres of land in Ruleville, Mississippi, which will be used to build the foundation's headquarters. In April 2014, she secured $300,000 from the state of Mississippi to help with the construction of the foundation; and in July 2014, she made history when she created and launched the first civil rights historic license plate in the state of Mississippi in commemoration of a civil rights leader, Fannie Lou Hamer, who died from untreated breast cancer. This license plate was approved by the Mississippi legislature and signed into law on April 22, 2015.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures
As of March 28, 2017
- University of Southern Mississippi/Mississippi Network for Cancer Control and Prevention, employee
- Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, founder and president