Christiana Care Health System received a $25,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Philadelphia to fund its Pink Ribbon Program, a free service pairing patients with bilingual navigators to improve access to mammography screenings.

The program, which is run by Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, uses outreach navigators and partner agencies to assist individuals to schedule mammogram appointments, provide breast health education, find transportation and help find funding sources to cover the cost of the mammogram. The navigators also educate the community about breast health, cancer prevention and early detection.

The Pink Ribbon Program also provides funds for screening mammograms for those who are eligible.

The program helps to increase women’s access to screening mammograms by eliminating barriers. For example, Christiana Care arranges block-time screenings with women’s groups, including added support and interpreters when needed. In addition, special screening times are available on the second Tuesday and third Thursday of each month at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital and through weekend events.

In the past 12 month, the Pink Ribbon Program has provided services to more than 1,000 women and detected two women with breast cancer; assisted more than 1,000 women to schedule appointments, receive breast health information and find transportation and funding sources with the help of our community partners; provided 320 screening mammograms and diagnostic services; provided financial assistance to 240 women for screenings and diagnostic procedures, nine of whom were provided with support services; and offered language interpreter services at screenings and special events.

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