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Henrietta Lacks’ Life and Contributions to Medical Research

Posted by on February 9th, 2021 Posted in: Children and Teens, Health Information Literacy, Minority Health Concerns, Websites
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Unlocking Life’s Code presents a new timeline highlighting the life of Henrietta Lacks and the medical science discoveries resulting from her cells known as HeLa cells. As you scroll through the timeline, you will learn more about who Henrietta Lacks was, how HeLa cells were discovered, and how medical science has benefitted.

The timeline complements four new lesson plans created by K-12 educators in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Human Genome Research Institute. The lesson plans explore a variety of topics that interconnect Henrietta Lacks’ life and experiences and highlight the importance of these topics to our current understanding of science and society. Each lesson plan comes with instructional materials including resource sheets, PowerPoint slides, and introductory activities. Applicable Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards are listed, and each lesson plan is available in PDF form for easy download.

  • Segregation and the Complicated Legacy of Henrietta Lacks, Volume 1
  • Racism in Medicine or Healthcare Curriculum, Volume 2
  • Cervical Cancer and HPV Perspective Curriculum, Volume 3
  • Then and Now: Cancer Treatments from Henrietta Lacks to Today, Volume 4

View the timeline and download the lesson plans on the website

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.​

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