Vessel Work, Inc. was officially founded in February 2011 with the mission to improve the health of individuals and communities by transforming health care through education, use of the latest technologies and multimedia storytelling.

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Vessel Work emerged from a unique collaboration with Public Health Television (PHTV, Inc.). These two organizations worked together on five grants funded by the National Cancer Institute and performed in collaboration with the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University. These grants led to the creation of a model for cancer communication that resulted in the production of a collection of culturally competent videos and television stories known as the Urban Cancer ProjectThe Project was presented at the 2003 legislative conference of the Congressional Black Caucus as a national model to address health disparities.


In 2011, it created Barbershop LIVE, an online show based out of Dylan’s Barber Salon in downtown Cleveland. The show which targeted African Americans between the ages of 18 and 49 was streamed live on the Internet for a series of Friday night episodes that reached eight different countries and 37 states within the U.S. The Facebook group for Barbershop LIVE had over 700 members and the chat room hailed participants from Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Philadelphia, and Norway. Vessel Work also created Less Fear Better Health — a daily blog on important health information that receives 6,000 visitors per month.  Since 2014, it has been visited by over 350,000 people worldwide.


With a mission of using the latest technologies to enhance cancer care, Vessel Work founder Kathy McClain established UME3 as a revolutionary web platform, app, and community designed to educate, empower and improve the quality of life for metastatic breast cancer patients.  UME3 is developing technology to better manage, understand and engage patients in their healthcare process.  Experts agree that tools and solutions that empower engagement contribute to improved health outcomes and a better quality of life for the patient.  Connective health is the wave of the future.


UME3 develops the “How Can I” video series: six initial one-minute videos from one metastatic breast cancer patient to all others.  Topics range from How Can I manage my finances to How Can I eat a healthy diet while on treatment.