July 18, 2003

Breast Health Outreach and Education Targets Under-Served Population

Mujeres en Accion/Women in Action (WIA)-Scripps Breast Health Outreach and Education Program, in collaboration with the Scripps Otay Family Health Center and Operation Samahan Clinic, is working to educate and increases access to care for women on the importance of clinical breast exams and mammograms through outreach efforts and public awareness campaigns.

Funded by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for 2003-2004, National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations and the Henry L. Guenther Foundation, Mujeres en Accion targets Latino and Filipino/Asian women, ages 40 and over, who are considered medically under-served, living along the San Diego/Tijuana border. In an effort to promote breast cancer early detection services, the program links community outreach activities with a continuum of clinical preventive services to at least 2,000 women.

For women who qualify, the California Detection Program provides the following services at no cost: clinicialclinical breast exam, mammogram and diagnostic tests. The program is openand takes place (add locations, times, days, etc) Scripps Otay Family Health Center is available Monday through Thursday for breast health screenings at (619) 205-1360 and Operation Samahan Clinic offers breast health screenings on Mondays from 9-5 at (619) 474-2284. For more information at Operation Samahan Clinic you can ask for Irene Gallardo at (619) 474-2284.

Through the continued integration of the Community Health Worker (CHW)/Promotora model Model into the community clinic settings, women will receive access to screening and radiology services. In addition, Mujeres en Accion trains eight existing and new CHWs to support outreach and education efforts within the South Bay’s Latino and Filipino/Asian communities. The new program builds on existing Scripps programs by expanding current educational materials, presentations and curriculum in order to guide women to access services. In addition, the health workers participate in capacity-building trainings and workshops related to breast health education and awareness to emphasize the messages of the program at health fairs and during presentations. These enhancements not only streamline operations, but also serve as a valuable tool for other health systems seeking to utilize the CHW model in under-served communities.

Scripps Otay Family Health Center is available Monday through Thursday for breast health screenings at (619) 205-1360 and Operation Samahan Clinic offers breast health screenings on Mondays from 9-5 at (619) 474-2284. For more information at Operation Samahan Clinic you can ask for Irene Gallardo at (619) 474-2284.

For more information on Mujeres en Accion/WIA Breast Health Outreach and Education Program, please call (contact person)Director of Comnunity Benefits, Kendra Brandstein at (619) 691-7285

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