After hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Keith Winfrey, a physician with a degree in public health, prayed to be sent to where he was needed. The answer was New Orleans. There, he opened New Orleans East Louisiana Community Health Center to give the eastern parishes the same kind of care that other areas receive. Since then, Winfrey — winner of the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award — and his team have increased colorectal screening rates from 3% to 80% in just six years, giving an underserved community valuable early detection for a treatable cancer.
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