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Treatment, Research, & Expert Education (TREE)

TREE shares and develops knowledge, skills, and expertise in low-resource settings to improve women’s health outcomes and advance global health equity.

Female breast cancer is the 2nd most commonly occurring cancer globally; and cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women in 25 countries, many in sub-Saharan Africa.

The highest rates of incidence and deaths from cervical cancer are in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for 94% of all cervical cancer deaths worldwide in 2022. TREE's programs and partners are working to address inequities in health outcomes for women in low-resource settings.

TREE Programs

Programs within the family TREE provide opportunities to engage in global health work and achieve impact to improve health by reducing the burden of breast and cervical cancers and mitigating HIV-related adverse health outcomes. All programs provide opportunities to train and promote local healthcare and research experts and to work with communities in low-resource settings.

TREE’s current programs include:

  • BREAKTHROUGH Center - Enhanced “BReast and cErvical cAncer screening in Kenya THROUGH implementation science research and training
  • HOPE - HIV/cervical cancer cOntrol and Prevention clinical sitE in Kenya within the CASCADE Clinical Trials Network
  • HPV Research Training Program
  • INSPIRE - INfectious Diseases Summer Program Integrating Research at Emory

TREE Partners

TREE programs have established partnerships and strong alliances with public health stakeholders in North America, East Africa, and around the world. These collaborations are critical to advance TREE’s strategic goals, execute program objectives, meet funding obligations and, most importantly, empower the communities we serve.

Our network of partners include: communities in East Africa, universities, academic health centers, government agencies, and foundations

TREE Beginnings

TREE took root at the University of Washington Department of Global Health nearly 20 years ago. TREE continues to grow and expand collaboration and impact as part of Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) and the School of Medicine at Emory University.

Michael H. Chung, MD, PhD, MPH, FRCP, is the Executive Director of TREE; EGHI Associate Director;  Professor, Emory School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health; Affiliate Professor, University of Washington. As principal investigator of TREE grants, Dr. Chung is responsible for overseeing research, training, and medical practice to build sustainable programs that positively impact health and well-being of women and communitites in Kenya.


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To advance our goals, TREE stakeholders

deliver compassionate Treatment and care

Deliver Compassionate Treatment and Care

implement innovative Research

implement innovative Research

provide Expert training

provide Expert training

share knowledge and Education

share knowledge and Education