New Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van Unveiled

The new Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van was unveiled on Tuesday, June 21 at Legislative Hall in Dover. The program included tours of the medical unit, remarks from program facilitators and elected officials, and a toast to the success of the program. Guests included Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf, Division of Public Health (DPH) Director Dr. Karyl Rattay, staff from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) program, DPH staff, and members of the Delaware General Assembly, including Senator Patricia Blevins, Senator Hall-Long, and former Senator Liane Sorenson.

 

The van is a collaborative effort between the State of Delaware and Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS), a subsidiary of DBCC. The van is owned by DPH and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition holds the operating contract. In March, the WMHS program received a new, state-of-the-art van that combines digital imaging equipment and health professionals from Beebe Medical Center.  The Delaware General Assembly allocated funding for the van in June 2015.

 

“When we catch cancers early, we protect Delawareans from early death, disfigurements, complex health problems – and devastated families,” said Governor Jack Markell.  “The work the coalition has done over 25 years has saved lives and preserved families.”

 

“Screening is saving lives in Delaware,” Secretary Landgraf said.  “Because of organizations like the Delaware Breast Cancer and Screening for Life within the Department of Health and Social Services, it is highly likely that improving the early detection of breast cancer contributed to Delaware’s progress in breast cancer mortality.”

 

Delaware’s all-site cancer mortality rate has dropped, from second-highest in the country in the early 1990s to 14th for the period of 2007-2011.  Delaware’s breast cancer mortality rate currently ranks 17th-highest in the country.

 

Starting in July, in addition to mammography screenings, the van will offer cervical cancer screenings and blood pressure screenings, as well healthy lifestyle education.  A prescription from a medical professional is no longer necessary to be screened.

 

“We will also talk to women on the van about risk factors for cancer (and other chronic diseases),” Dr. Rattay said.  “Women will receive glucose screening (for diabetes), tobacco cessation referrals, Body Mass Index screening, and physical activity and nutrition education.”

 

“I am pleased to finally see the new and improved women’s mobile health screening van on the road and bringing lifesaving mammography screenings to some of our most vulnerable populations,” says Senator Patricia Blevins. “The van serves nearly 800 women a year who might not otherwise have access to mammography screenings and with the new addition of a room for examinations, it will bring even more value to the women in Delaware who need it most.”

 

Through the WMHS program, more than 8,500 women were screened since July of 2004. Of those, more than 4,200 were through the Screening for Life (SFL) program.  Over the past 15 years, SFL provided 25,000 uninsured or under-insured women in Delaware with more than 48,000 breast cancer screenings.

 

Women who qualify for the SFL program may receive free mammography services as well as cervical, screenings. WMHS also accepts Medicaid, Medicare, most health insurance, and self-pay clients. Patients should check with insurance providers to find out if they are covered. WMHS staff helps women apply for SFL or find another program that can help cover the cost of screening. Patients also can arrange for transportation or an interpreter through WMHS.

 

“By having a background in both healthcare and nursing and co-chairing the Delaware Cancer Consortium, I have seen firsthand the effects that cancer can have on all of those who are touched by this disease,” says Senator Bethany Hall-Long. “Early detection can be lifesaving when it comes to screenings for breast cancer which is why having access to the mobile mammography van can help reduce mortality and morbidity in our population.”

 

The van primarily targets those who are uninsured and/or low income; however, all women can be screened on the van. The van regularly visits community centers, senior centers, health care facilities, and employers throughout the state. Most women screened on the van are age 40 or older. For more information on the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van, call 888-672-9647.

 

Event Photos by CM Baker. Captions below (from left to right).

 

 

 

 

Top Left: Group shot in front of the van

Top Right: Katelynn Mayers, Governor Jack Markell, Bethany Hall-Long

Bottom Left: Vicky Cooke and Liard Stabler

Bottom Right: Rebecca Elzey, Donna Stinson, Vicky Cooke, Christina Richter, Ciro Poppiti, Patti Key, and Linda Powell

 

 

Breast Health Outreach & Education in Your Neighborhood

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The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Delaware’s MOST trusted breast cancer resource has a few upcoming outreach and education programs coming to your neighborhood. Please mark your calendars to join us …..

 

 

VIDA Living a Healthy Lifestyle Bilingual Health and Screening Fair

Saturday, April 2, 2016

11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Multicultural Church and Community Center, 105 NE Front Street, Milford, DE 19963

Join us for a day of breast health education, free screenings, and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle on Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 11:30am to 2:30pm at the Multi-Cultural Church & Community Center in Milford. The day will include: Clinical Breast Exams provided on site, Mammogram appointments available on the van (call 1-888-672-9647 to register), Health screening and insurance information from many vendors, and Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI, DEXA screenings provided by the Bayhealth Education Department. Food and snacks will be provided plus Families are welcome and Free Clothing Giveaways will be offered. Hope you can join us!

For more information visit our webpage, here.

 

Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman

Saturday, April 9, 2016

10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Milford Library, 11 SE Front Street, Milford, DE

Join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Women of Wellness, LLC for the Total Woman’s Conference: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman on Saturday, April 9 from 10am to 1pm at the Milford Library. You can expect informative workshops, free screenings, and lunch. Admission is free but  registration is required. Visit tinyurl.com/wiseandwell to register.

For more information visit our webpage, here.

 

VIDA Living a Healthy Lifestyle Bilingual Health and Screening Fair

Saturday, April 23, 2016

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, 310 Virginia Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973

Join us for a day of breast health education, free screenings, and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8:30am to 1:30pm at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club in Seaford. The day will include: Clinical Breast Exams provided on site, Health screening and insurance information from many vendors, and Glucose, Cholesterol, BMI, DEXA screenings provided by the Beebe Community Health. Food and snacks will be provided plus Families are welcome and Free Clothing Giveaways will be offered. Hope you can join us!

For more information visit our webpage, here.

Thank you for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition through another PINKtober!

Thank you for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It has been a wild October spreading breast cancer awareness in our community. We are grateful to have so many generous partners in our neighborhoods across the state, helping us share our resources with folks who need them and helping raise funds to support our local programs and services of support, education, and survivorship. We have to take a moment to thank all of our partners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors!

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We want to especially give a shout out to:

Gatehouse Media

Bayhealth Medical Center

News Journal/Delaware Online

Fun and Festive Jewelry Making Store

ATI Physical Therapy

Upper Cut Salon

Harvest Ridge Winery

The Hadley Group at Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

Skyzone Newark

Rawlins Orthodontics

Atticus Bow Ties

New Beginnings Spa at Dawn Career Institute

Capitol School District

Brighton Collectibles

Dewey Goes Pink 5K organizers the Starboard and the Body Shop

Tanger Outlets

Park Place, Grottos Pizza, Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s and Longshots in Milford

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Milford High School

Ronny’s Garden World

Oxford Feed and Lumber

Premier Cosmetics and Dermatology

Inspire Me Events

Currie Hair Skin Nails

Cedarfield Ruritan Club

Georgetown Car Show Organizers Levin Clark and Georgetown Mayor Bill West

Monster Mile Sponsors: Townsend Brothers Chevrolet, Willis Chevrolet, Forever Fit Foundation, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Dover Rent All Tents & Events, Bayhealth Medical Center, La Red Health Center, Price Honda/Acura, Ronny’s Garden World, Kent County Women’s Journal, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Ms. Diana Brode, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Psi Iota Chapter, and Watras Photography

…and so many more. Too many to name. If we inadvertently left you off this list, so sorry, just let us know and we’ll add you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Although October is over, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is still here to serve our community. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with breast cancer, call 1-866-312-3222.

Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Guest Bartender Fundraiser at BBC Tavern & Grill!

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Join DBCC for the 2nd Annual Guest Bartender Fundraiser at BBC Tavern & Grill on Wednesday, March 5th from 6-9 PM. Guest bartenders, delicious drinks, great crowd, and all proceeds benefit DBCC programs and services right here in Delaware. Support your favorite guest bartenders: Jayla Boire, Tynetta Brown, Devin Cahill, Katie Cahill, R.T. Christopher, Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, John du Pont, Bill Holloway, Sheri Jenkins, Chris Kemple, Dale Maahs, Karen Miller, Jacqueline Napoletano, MD, Robert Poppiti, Kathy Seeman, Beth Selsor, Mark VanderHaar and Dennis Witmer, MD!

If you cannot come and would like to make a donation, please contact Cathy Holloway at cholloway@debreastcancer.org.

Black History Month Profile: Minne Riperton

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Do you know the song, “Lovin’ you is easy cause you’re beautiful”? It was a 1975 hit single by Minnie Riperton, talented African American singer and mother of the now-famous actress Maya Rudolph. Minnie’s career and life were cut short in 1979 at the age of thirty-one. Unfortunately, advanced staged breast cancer is to blame for taking Riperton’s life.

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Register for our Peer Mentor trainings in March!

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The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Peer Mentor Support Program provides free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is often helpful to speak with someone who is a survivor and who has been through a similar breast cancer journey.

DBCC Peer Mentors are trained breast cancer survivors who wish to reach out to help and support others with breast cancer. We have a large network of young breast cancer survivors eager and willing to help other young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Black History Month Profile: Robin Roberts

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Robin Roberts is an American journalist who began her television career as a sportscaster on ESPN in 1990. Since 2005,  Robin has served as a co-anchor on ABC’s morning show, Good Morning America. In 2007, she was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. After reporting on a story about a friend who had passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, she decided to do a self breast exam and subsequently found a lump. “At first I thought, ‘This can’t be. I am a young, healthy woman.’, she said.  “Nevertheless, I faced my fear head on and made an appointment to see the doctor. Much as I was hoping the doctor would say it was nothing, she did a biopsy and confirmed that the lump I’d found was indeed an early form of breast cancer.”

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