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Josetta Wilkins Awards

The recipients of the 2015 Josetta Wilkins Awards have been selected! Tune in to KNWA in northwest Arkansas or FOX16 in Little Rock on June 28 to learn about these amazing individuals who are serving our state in the fight against breast cancer!

BreastCare’s Josetta Wilkins Awards are given annually to a volunteer individual, a professional individual and an organization that make the fight against breast cancer a top priority and raise breast cancer awareness in Arkansas. The awards are named in honor of former state representative Dr. Josetta Wilkins of Pine Bluff, whose tireless efforts in the legislature resulted in the establishment of the BreastCare program. Individuals and organizations may be nominated for their work in breast cancer education, research, advocacy, treatment, support or services for those in need.

Recipients of this award share Dr. Wilkins’ passion and determination for the fight against breast cancer in Arkansas. Those were the characteristics that helped Dr. Josetta Wilkins lead the legislature in the passage of the Breast Cancer Act of 1997 which ultimately led to the creation of the Arkansas BreastCare program. BreastCare is a comprehensive program that provides breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services at no cost for Arkansas women who have no health insurance.

< See the past winners of the Josetta Wilkins Award  here!

BreastCare Screening And Diagnostic Services To Continue

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) would like to assure everyone that the ADH BreastCare program will continue to provide breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services. Confusion surrounding the program stems from the fact that the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Category 07 Medicaid program ended December 31, 2013. This is not the ADH BreastCare program.

According to Dr. Namvar Zohoori, Director of the Center for Health Advancement and Chronic Disease Branch at ADH, BreastCare will continue to serve eligible women across Arkansas by providing mammograms, Pap tests and diagnostic procedures. Even though the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014 increased access to breast and cervical cancer screening services for many women, there is still a need to serve the thousands of Arkansas women who remain eligible for BreastCare.
“BreastCare is not going away. As long as there are women in need, BreastCare remains committed to serving the women of Arkansas,” Zohoori added.

Since 1999, BreastCare has provided services to thousands of women who may not have otherwise received services. Last year alone, BreastCare served 9,569 women.

In addition to providing screening and diagnostic services, BreastCare has expanded its focus in education and outreach efforts to increase cancer screening rates for all women regardless of their insurance status. Regular screening is an important factor in the early detection of breast and cervical cancer and BreastCare will continue to encourage women to make regular screenings a part of their health care.