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About Us


The (S)HE team's mission is empower people in jails to protect their health during incarceration; create opportunities for health promotion and civic engagement as people leave jails; and explore health-promoting systems linkages between communities and corrections to better serve the public's health.


(S)HE is a 10-year long federally funded study (ongoing) aimed at improving health literacy, reducing risk, and increasing preventive screening among women leaving jail. The study goals in the first 5 years were to evaluate an intervention designed to improve cervical health knowledge, reduce barriers to screening that are related to beliefs about cervical cancer, improve self-efficacy for navigating providers and health care systems, and increase cervical cancer screening. (S)HE was just funded for another 5 years as "SHE-WOMEN" to improve women's health literacy, reduce risk, and increase preventive screening for cervical cancer, breast cancer, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections.

What Else We're Doing:

Current (S)HE projects include the main cervical health and SHE-WOMEN study with women leaving jails.The (S)HE team has just expanded to include the new "Tri-City Cervical Cancer Prevention Study among Women in the Justice System." A team of collaborators from RTI San Francisco, University of Alabama Birmingham, and University of Kansas Medical Center are working together to follow about 600 women from Oakland, Birmingham, and Kansas city to better understand cervical cancer screening among high risk women.

Dr. Ramaswamy talks about (S)HE projects 

Contact Us:

For any inquires about (S)HE, please contact Joi Wickliffe, Project Director, at or (913) 588-2646

(S)HE: Sexual Health Empowerment

Joi Wickliffe
Project Director
(913) 588-2646