Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation

"PEP" Talk-Prevention Empowerment Plan
The Prevention Empowerment Plan will educate the underserved women in the Central Florida regarding breast health and awareness. These educational workshops will be the catalyst for signing up for the Mammogram Access Project screenings. The "PEP" Talk and Mammogram Access Project (MAP) provides much needed education supporting the benefits of early detection and supporting Libby's Legacy's outreach initiatives by helping to target medically underserved women who, without our help, could not have access to education and screenings. The project includes education for more than 3000 underserved women and access to screenings and follow up care through diligent case management. The mobile unit will have a strong presence at community health agencies, senior centers, churches, health fairs and community centers, targeting hard to reach groups such as single mothers, senior women and minorities such as Hispanic and African American women. This project is paramount in preventing late stage diagnoses that contribute to the high breast cancer mortality rate in minority communities here in Central Florida.

Moffit Cancer Center B-Greater

(Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education in African Americans Team_Expanding Reach)
African American women are less likely than Caucasian women to use medical services to help them learn more about their risk for hereditary breast cancer. Important barriers may be low levels of awareness, lack of communication of cancer in the family, cultural beliefs, and access to services. To address these barriers, a group of researchers and clinicians at the Moffitt Cancer Center and community members formed a partnership to increase awareness about hereditary breast cancer among African American women (B-GREAT: Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education in African Americans Team). The current funds will allow us to expand the reach of B-GREAT's efforts both in Tampa Bay area and statewide. Because so many women in a family are at risk for hereditary breast cancer, the information we provide has the potential to reach an entire family at risk for hereditary breast cancer.

Heartland Rural Health Network, Inc.

Utilizing Multiple Outreach Strategies to Empower Women, Families, Community Members, and Health Care Providers through Breast Health Education
This project includes three outreach efforts to empower families, community members, and healthcare providers to become more involved in the promotion of breast health in rural Highlands and Hardee Counties, Fl. The first strategy is called "Shop Talk" that utilizes respected business owners in the communities where women live and work and aims to provide breast health education in settings such as beauty parlors, laundry mats, doctor's offices, etc. Participating merchants receive culturally and linguistically appropriate educational materials and displays that are placed near cash registers or waiting areas that encourages conversations with owners/staff and customers and family members on breast health topics. Using curriculum from the Prevent Cancer Center Foundation, Community Health Workers provide a one hour educational session to women and their families on the breast health topics during home visits. Women and their partners receive a pre and post tests to measure any changes in knowledge and attitudes on breast health. Lastly, the CHWs participate in a minimum of three community events to provide breast health literature as well as promote their availability to provide education in the home setting.

Floridian Community Foundation

2011 Daytona Breast Symposium

The Third Annual Daytona Breast Symposium was held on Saturday, September 24, 2011. This event featured discussion by leading local community physicians and health care providers as well as breast cancer survivors. Topics included the gamut of breast topics from breast health to breast cancer, including the latest in current and potential future advances. It is noted that the African American community underutilize breast screening and breast educational opportunity and we hoped to improve their attendance at this event, and, hopefully, other educational events. We monitored attendance of this target audience leading up to the symposium to see if our efforts were successful. We then provided evaluation forms to those attending to evaluate the effectiveness of this educational program.


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