The MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness has partnered with the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center and New College Institute for a couple of years now, to increase access to mammography screenings for local women in Martinsville and Henry County. On Saturday, May 11, the Digital 3D Mammography Coach pulled back in to the Baldwin Building at the New College Institute for another morning of screenings.
Pre-registration was required due to limited spacing and even though it was Mother’s Day weekend, it didn’t stop 15 local women from taking part in their breast health, some of which may not been able to get screened otherwise. Joyce Eggleston (Health Access Coordinator) and Maite Arroyo-Torres, (Community Health Advocate/Interpreter), pictured above, helped coordinate the day of screenings.
Breast health initiatives are not only important when mammography buses are brought into events or during breast cancer awareness month, but the Coalition and Ladies First, the mammography assistance program, promotes breast health education at outreach events throughout the entire year. Ladies First operates in each site operated by the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness: Bassett Family Practice, Health Connect, Ridgeway Family Health, along with at the Caring Hearts Free Clinic in Patrick County. For more information, call 276.638.0787.