Contributed by National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.
With the rise of breast cancer among Black Women today, a more deadly form of the disease, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, is striking Black Women in our communities. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Prince William County Chapter, Executive Team wrote a proposal and was awarded a $78,000.00 Grant and put into action a “Faith Based Program” to educate African American Women in eight Black churches on the importance of getting Mammography Screenings. Our motto is “Educating Black Women About Triple Negative Breast Cancer…Early Detection Can Save Lives”.
In partnering with eight Black churches, health organizations such; as Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center in Woodbridge, Virginia, and Greater Prince William Health District, we were able to bridge the gap in getting our program off the ground. Our title “A Culturally Targeted Faith-Based Program Focused on Educating Black Women in Prince William County About Triple Negative Breast Cancer and to Increase Attitudes, Beliefs, and Intentions for Mammography Screening” has been successful in the movement for (1) knowing the facts and (2) getting women screened.
Through planned efforts of our Community Advisory Board Kick-off held in September, 2013, at First Mount Zion Baptist Church, our marketing strategies, Channel 4 news appearance, on-going program workshops in educating the communities, literature, favors, lesson learned meetings, church websites, NCBW/PWCC website, save-the-date cards, an upcoming planned health fair for 2014, are successful in reaching our goal to educate the women. Our future strategy in addressing this mission is to reach those socio-economic populations who may be at greater risk of this disease due to unaffordable healthcare.
Our success story is about one of our Coalition Sisters, Mrs. Ann Alexis-Hamilton. Mrs. Hamilton who is a breast cancer survivor and reside in Prince William County is our Community Liaison. Mrs. Hamilton is the face in the community and was the individual who introduced the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Prince William County Chapter to Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.
Dr. Alice H. Howard, the Executive Director made contact with Potomac Health Foundation and made the chapter aware of this deadly form of breast cancer and together they launched this project.
With the help of Sentara’s Mammography Mobile Van being available on site after the two hour educational workshops, this is a great opportunity to help participants get mammography screenings, capture statistics and help to plan follow up advisories. The program has reached well over thousands of women since the initial workshop began on November 2, 2013 held at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries, VA. There are several dates for upcoming workshops and we encourage everyone to come, bring a relative or friend to attend any of the following dates. Neabsco Baptist Church, in Woodbridge, VA, on January 18, 2014, 11am, Ebenezer Baptist Church, in Woodbridge, VA., on January 25th, 2014 10am, United Faith Christian Ministry in Stafford, VA, on Feb 1, 2014 10am, and Mount Zion Baptist Church in Triangle, VA., on February 22, 2014, 10am, and Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Triangle, Virginia has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The new date is Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10:00am to 12 noon. Come out and learn the facts. Knowledge is the key to good health.
The Executive Team Members are: Dr. Alice H. Howard, Exec. Director, Dr. Phyllis D. Morgan, Program Manager, Mrs. Mary R. Lively, Chair, Community Advisory Board, Ms. Edna D. Simmons, Budget Manager, Mrs. Ann Alexis-Hamilton, Community Liaison, Ms. Shelia D. Coleman, Chair, Public Relations, Mrs. Teresa A. Polk, Coordinator of Physicians and Consultants, Mrs. LaBrenda Haynes, Administrator, and Ms. Erma Richardson, Administrative Support. The PT Coordinator is Deborah H. Withers, email address is as follows; [email protected] Our mailing address is Haynes View, LLC. 4340 Prince William Parkway, Suite 101, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192 and our contact number is 703-822-1291.
For further information about this project, feel free to contact Dr. Alice H. Howard at 703-680-6331 (H), 703-232-4217 (C) or email, [email protected].
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