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WVBHI & WVBCCSP Are Teaming Up!

West Virginia Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (WVBHI) is proud to announce that we have partnered with West Virginia Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP). The goal of this partnership is to provide support in increasing the number of African American women screened for breast and cervical cancer. WVBHI is providing breast cancer survivors to serve as Champions to visit targeted communities and share their real-life stories with African American women and recruit them to get screened. 

The Champions range from ages 20-80, five females and one male, with diverse ethnicities and powerful stories to share about their own diagnoses. They travel across the state to churches and civic events with the WVBHI/Highmark WV Foundation for Health  “Here’s the Memo. Get Your Mammo”. The tent is equipped with educational materials from WVBHI and WVBCCSP, screening qualification guidelines, as well as a list of local clinics in the area where someone could get screened. According to data obtained through WVBCCSP, the targeted counties are Kanawha, Berkeley, Wayne, Jefferson, Gilmer, Lewis, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh, and Tucker.

To see if you or someone you know would qualify visit the link below:
 


In addition, WVBHI joined forces with WVBCCSP to facilitate a training collaborative to educate participating statewide screening providers on “Putting Health Equity into Practice”. The training was held on April 25th, and speakers included WVBCCSP’s Charlene Hickman, MS, and Dr. Jennifer Hancock, PsyD, as well as Keynote Speaker, Dr. Donald Alcendor, MS, Ph.D., from Meharry Medical College. Check out the images from that event below!   
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We've Been Hitting The Road!

Women's Expo 

March 24th and 25th, 2023: WVBHI representatives and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Survivor Champions Lauren Gritt, SaQuaia Walker, Rebecca Van Der Meer, and Jeff Dempsey, along with Program Manager at WVBCCSP, Zack Jarrett, attended the Southern Communications Women's Expo. This annual event hosted at the Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center is the largest vendor show in Southern West Virginia!

WVBHI and Survivor Champs were able to spread the word about the importance of breast health education and offer assistance to those in need of further resources. This event also marked the first of many for Highmark WV Charitable Fund for Health Here's the Memo Get Your Mammo Campaign.

 

Kids Summer Bash

June 10th, 2023: WVBHI representatives, the WestVirginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Survivor Champions Lauren Gritt and Zena Harris, along with Anna Reno from WVBCCSP set up the Highmark WV Charitable Fund for Health Here's the Memo Get Your Mammo Campaign Tent at the Family Care Health Centers Kid's Summer Bash. 

 

Those in attendance had the opportunity to speak with the WVBCCSP representatives, Survivor Champs, and WVBHI representatives about the importance of breast health care, get free swag, take educational materials, and secure mammograms.

Tug River Health

June 27th, 2023: WVBHI representatives and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Survivor Champions Patty Rosebourgh and Rebecca Vandermeer set up the Highmark WV Charitable Fund for Health Here's the Memo Get Your Mammo Campaign Tent at the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center. 

Those visiting the facility had the opportunity to speak with WVBHI and Survivor Champs about the importance of breast cancer screenings. Furthermore, attendees had the chance to get free prizes, mammograms, educational materials, and more. 

Thank you to the Tug River Health Association and the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center for your assistance in making this possible.