Josetta Wilkins Awards

The Josetta Wilkins Awards gives BreastCare the chance to spotlight and honor breast cancer advocates who go above and beyond in the fight against breast cancer. This year, BreastCare recognized an individual, a professional and an organization that make the fight against breast cancer a top priority during a special broadcast that aired on KNWA and FOX 16 on June 28.

The individual award was presented to Jane McDaniel. Jane has been a strong advocate for the importance of screening mammograms. She started a breast cancer education program at St. Bernard’s Health System and helped get the mobile mammography program started for the hospital. Although she is retired, she continues to work to get the word out about the importance of screening and early detection.

The professional honoree was Morgan Ludwick. As a nurse at The Breast Center of Fayetteville,  Morgan counsels, educates, and encourages newly diagnosed patients about their diagnosis and treatment. She shares her knowledge in the community through outreach programs and has the compassion and ability to make people in bad situations feel better.

The organization recipient was Fighting Fancy. Started by breast cancer survivor Heather Owens, Fighting Fancy gives care bags to cancer patients with items to help them through the chemo process and to let patients to know they are not alone. She has sent care bags to patients across the United States and several other countries around the world.

Congratulations to all of our 2015 Josetta Wilkins Awards winners! You are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

< 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.