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 ends 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 will increase access to breast and cervical cancer screening services for many women, there will still be a need to serve the thousands of Arkansas women who will 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 13,355 women.
In addition to providing screening and diagnostic services, BreastCare will expand 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.
For more information on BreastCare, visit www.arbreastcare.com or visit the Arkansas BreastCare Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BreastCareArkansas .
Josetta Wilkins Awards
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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.
To nominate an individual or organization, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JWAnominationform
2013 Award Winners
- Chad Sullivan, Individual Winner
- Donna Terrell, Individual Winner
- Dr. Dana Abraham, Professional Winner
- CARTI, Organization Winner
Picture: Left to Right: Dr. Dana Abraham, Jan Burford (CARTI), Josetta Wilkins, Donna Terrell, and Chad Sullivan
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month we recognize the importance of prevention and early detection in the fight against breast cancer. Mammograms save lives. They are the best way to find breast cancer early. If you are 40 or older, talk to your doctor about when to start getting mammograms. Click here to find out if you qualify for BreastCare.
2012 Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure
Approximately 40,000 people attended this year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Little Rock! Thanks to all of the supporters of this wonderful cause, this event is are ranked 5th nationally for attendance. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Arkansas funds breast cancer research, innovative outreach, and awareness programs for the underserved in Arkansas. The ADH Healthy Steppers team won an award for the largest enrollment for a government agency.
Left to Right: (Back) Amy O’Regan, RoseAnn Carter Foster, Dave Kern, Audra Walters, Terrell Allen, (Front) Angie Hill, Patricia McManus, Meghan Hunt