Listen live here to WVON’s “Dr. in the House with Dr. Terry Mason” on Sunday, February 4, when his guest is Phyllis L. Rodgers, Founder and CEO of Peer Plus Education and Training Advocates, and they’ll discuss “Connecting Community Through Conversations and Community Outreach.”
Rodgers and her community-based organization are valued and supportive partners of the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Peer Plus’ tailored approach to address the multifaceted issues of people in need of essential health is based on knowing, listening, and giving voice to the communities they serve.
Peer Plus is a registered 501(C)(3) in Illinois. Since its inception in 2002, Peer Plus has engaged more than 4,500 participants through community events, seminars hosted by medical providers and clinical staff, as well as health fairs, screenings, and educational programs. Peer Plus is a nonprofit that is financially supported through fundraising, donations and philanthropic giving. Rodgers’ experience as a community and patient advocate laid the foundation for Peer Plus. A cancer survivor, she has committed her talents to change patient experiences and to create much-needed conversations and outcomes. In 2016 she was certified as an Ambassador with the Washington-based PCORI (Patient-Centered Research Outcomes Institute) and in 2017 became a member of the Cancer Center’s Patient Brigade. In honor of Black History Month 2020, Peer Plus forged an historic partnership with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and collaborated to co-host a community forum, “A Conversation about the Facts, Figures and Cultural Diversity in Oncology,” which underscored the urgent need for people of all colors to participate in clinical trials.