Health in My Hands

Why Host Health in My Hands?

We need to pay attention to cancer disparities. Twice as many Latinas are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year compared to other women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Latinas. While breast cancer screening can reduce mortality by 20%, and cervical screening can prevent cancer, women have delayed their routine screenings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health in My Hands/Salud en Mis Manos (SEMM) is a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funded breast and cervical cancer prevention program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Our program effectively increases screening among Latinas through an evidence-based behavioral education program delivered by community health workers (CHWs) in 31 counties in Texas.

Contact us to participate or learn how your organization can promote this program and help reduce the number of Latinas affected by breast and cervical cancer in your community.  

What we offer:

Cancer Prevention Class

Community health worker-delivered breast and cervical cancer prevention class in English or Spanish, virtually, over-the-phone or in person.



Health Coach Navigation Calls

Assistance removing barriers to getting breast and cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination services. Help making appointments for low-cost or free breast and cervical cancer prevention services.

Payment Assistance

Limited funding available to cover the breast and cervical cancer screenings and HPV vaccination services of women unable to pay.


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Who can become a collaborator?

All organizations such as churches, community centers, schools, clinics, and stores (among others) working with Latinas in the Texas South and Gulf Coast.

How to become a collaborator?

Just click here and you will be redirected to our sign-up form.
Request the SEMM program introduction presentation.

What do I need to do as a collaborator?

Collaborators can help in many ways! Some of our current collaborators:

  • Co-host SEMM’s class on breast and cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination
  • Post SEMM information
  • or materials with the community they serve through their organization's newsletters, social media, website, or by posting a flyer at your locations.
  • Invite us to introduce SEMM to their participants on Facebook or Zoom.
  • Host and invite members to our virtual cancer prevention class.
  • Provide space for SEMM CHWs to deliver the cancer prevention class to groups.
  • Offer clinical services to SEMM

For more information regarding how you could become a SEMM Collaborator click here.

Our Collaborators 

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We need your help to assist your community.

Please contact us for more information, or to join us in reducing the number of Latinas affected by breast and cervical cancer in your community.

Help us empower women with the information, skills and tools to take their health in their hands and prevent and detect cancer early. Print or share these posts on your social media account. Don’t forget to tag us!

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Contact Us

Lara Savas
Associate Professor
(713) 500-9638
[email protected]

Ask a CHW


How can I offer this to the people I work with?

Contact us, we are happy to set a class up anytime of the week. Let us know which dates/times work best for your group, and if you prefer an in-person, by phone, or virtual class.

Do you offer the class in English and Spanish?

Yes, we do!

How long does the class last, my group only has 30 minutes for presentations?

Our class typically lasts 60 minutes – a little more if people have a lot of questions. We can split hour class in two 30 minutes parts and cover breast cancer in class, and cervical cancer in the other.

Health in My Hands/Salud en Mis Manos is a UTHealth program funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

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