Women: Women Inspiring, Servicing, and Educating
Low socioeconomic status women have a
much higher mortality rate from breast cancer due to lack of
diagnosis in the earlier stages. This can be attributed to lack of
insurance, lack of knowledge, cultural and language barriers and
Challenge: 173 women
will be diagnosed with breast cancer in Potter and Randall counties
alone in 2008…31 will die…how do we reduce that number by even one
Solution: The WISE
Woman program, a collaborative effort of the Amarillo Area Breast
Health Coalition, the American Housing Foundation, and Komen Race
for the Cure/Amarillo provides on-site quality breast health
education and services for both residents living in AHF residential
communities and other women in the Amarillo Area.
To learn more about the Wise
Woman Program, contact the Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition at
Update for April 2011 – October 2011
The WISE WOMAN Program schedules
and coordinates mammograms, events and educational sessions
throughout the program period
monthly training sessions with WW in Potter/Randall Counties and
3 individual sessions with Co. women conducted. Telephone,
email, text messages & letters sent on a regular basis.
Comprehensive coordination and support for WW and participants
first-quarter mammogram sessions held (Harrington & TBS in July)
& 1 session at TBS in May. Additional individual appointments
(55) were scheduled with Amarillo providers and 7 individual
appointments at Ochiltree General Hospital for Hansford Co. A
total of 152 mammograms have been completed to date. 87 more
than last year’s 65 at the end of the second quarter.
second-quarter mammogram session was held Nov. 5 at TBS,
Harrington & NWTH Imaging Center. 47 women received mammograms
this day. 8 women were rescheduled.
Additional mammogram providers provide services through the
CPRIT grant which supplies access to mammograms for WW program.
documented contacts or letters with mammogram recipients prior
to mammogram events.
Culturally & linguistically sensitive sessions conducted by WISE
Women on properties and in Counties. Some include: PDHS, Vega,
Hansford, and Moore. As of October 30, 1050 persons received
education from WW at programs or in one-on- one contacts with WW
and AABHC staff. This is a substantial increase over last year’s
numbers at this time. Pre & post tools and risk assessment
measurement collected at programs.
As you can see, the WISE WOMAN
Program has been busy not only educating women in breast health, but
also in ensuring a mammogram appointment at one our partner
Amarillo Globe News Article
**WISE Woman is funded by
a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure/Greater Amarillo Affiliate grant.