By Sara Carbajal-Salisbury
Breast Cancer Education Program for Hispanic Women- This program has run under the umbrella of Alliance Community Services (ACS) since 2007; Avon Foundation for Women, knowing the importance of this program in Utah and the impact that it has caused in the Hispanic community, has kindly supported and funded this program since inception. The program aims to (1) educate low income and uninsured Hispanic women about breast cancer incidence, risk factors, and early detection; (2) recruit and assist them to schedule an appointment for a breast cancer screening; (3) in order to eliminate barriers among Hispanic women, ACS assists with transportation, interpretation, and provides information by phone 7 days a week.
Since 2007, ACS has accomplished the following:
- 16,533 educational contacts
- 5,642 Hispanic women
received their clinical breast exams
- 5,707 Hispanic women
had their mammograms
- 494,794 Hispanics were reached through the local Hispanic women
- 241 special events such as health fairs and Hispanic cultural events were attended
- 2,302 Hispanic women received transportation assistance
- 4,314 Hispanic women received interpretation assistance
- 286 Hispanic breast cancer survivors are registered in "Triunfadoras" support group; this makes ACS
the largest Hispanic breast cancer survivor network in the state of Utah.
Utah has the second lowest prevalence of mammography screening in the nation with 66.8% in 2011 BRFS report 2010-2011. ACS is so proud to share the statement of the Utah Department of health that shows: -Of all the women that received a mammogram in the Salt Lake Valley in 2009, 57.5% were Hispanics and in 2010 the rate increased to 57.9% (Utah Cancer Control Program Report). The success of the program could not be possible without the support of Avon Foundation for Women and AVON BHOP who have given our organization the opportunity to change the style of life of several Hispanic women and save the lives of many others. The role of the Patient Navigator of this program has been the most important piece of the program. Thank you Avon for all you do and help other organization like Alliance Community Services to make the difference in the life of all our women in the USA.