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Susan G. Komen Recognizes Progress of Its Wyoming Women First Initiative
Over 1000 Women Impacted by Innovative Breast Cancer Screening Program
Cheyenne, WY – October 30, 2013 – Susan G. Komen today hosted a thought leadership event at the Little America Cheyenne to discuss the progress made to date with the Wyoming Women First initiative, a program in partnership with GE that seeks to increase breast cancer screening rates in Wyoming and improve care and outcomes. Wyoming has among the lowest screening rates in the United States and women are an average of 70 miles away from their local screening facility.
From June to September 2013, a mobile mammography unit or “mammovan” visited 20 sites in 12 counties across the state to bring much-needed screening services to women in their communities. In addition, a voucher program was launched to help women receive free breast health services in existing medical facilities. As a result of these two programs:
• 680 underserved women received mammograms
• 309 women were screened on the mammovan
• Special populations visited include the Native American population on the Wind River Reservation, where 71 women used mammovan services
• 474 uninsured women utilized free wellness exam vouchers with clinical breast exams, helping to connect them to primary care providers
• 17 women utilized free diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds when an abnormal finding occurred in the screening
• 2 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and navigated to resources within the state for treatment
Wyoming Women First services will continue through June 2014. These resources can be accessed by women across the state by calling 855-WY-MAMMO, a centralized phone line that assists women with breast health including patient navigation services and financial and educational resources. In addition to the continued availability of breast health vouchers for underserved women in facilities, gas cards are available for women to get to and from appointments as well as provision of diagnostic biopsy services.
At the event, Komen announced they will be releasing a Request for Applications for an organization in Wyoming to develop a statewide breast cancer coalition to ensure that the work toward the Wyoming Women First efforts continues. The coalition is expected to develop a statewide mission, vision, and strategic plan, and to execute this plan thus building a sustainable structure that supports ongoing and future breast health work in the state. The request for applications will be released mid-November.
Participants at the two-part panel included Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso, wife of Wyoming Senator John Barrasso, and 10 year breast cancer survivor; Pat Pearman, Executive Director, Oncology & Disease Solutions, GE healthymagination via online; Denise Padilla, Professional Development & Outreach Coordinator, Wyoming Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program for the Wyoming Department of Health; Tennille Howard, Community Health Manager for Susan G. Komen; Kylie Davidson, Community Health Specialist for Susan G. Komen; Joanna Kail, President & Owner of Wyoming Inc. and Wyoming Women First’s communication lead; Liz Mikesell, Program Manager for Wyoming’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Consortium; and Meaghan Hennings, Patient Navigator from the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care. The panels were moderated by Adine Zornow, Director, Development for Susan G. Komen and Jackie Braun, Corporate and Foundations Giving Manager for Susan G. Komen.