By Jennifer Riley
On average, the YWCA of Lubbock, Inc. provides funding to support 1,100 individuals each year from an 18-county region in rural West Texas. Clients receive breast procedures including: clinical breast exams, screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies. These services are reliant on strong partnerships and collaborations with the medical community.
Like many other organizations, the YWCA's funding priorities changed in 2012 and they were not able to fund clinical breast exams. In response, the YWCA became part of a community-wide collaboration and partnered with over 10 medical providers to provide free clinical breast exams and well woman exams to over 500 women in 2012. The partners either provide free screening clinics on Saturdays or a designated afternoon during the week. Approximately 70% of 150+ women who attend these screenings are referred on for a mammogram or diagnostic mammogram. As part of the collaboration, the YWCA also partners with a clinic that helps women every Wednesday evening and also provides child care and free meals. Thanks to this initiative, the YWCA is proud to report that they've seen an increase in screenings in the communities that they serve!