INITIATIVES AND SUCCESSES
The breast cancer workgroup is continuing and expanding its efforts to implement comprehensive cancer education programs to increase breast cancer screenings for residents in public housing.
The workgroup completed a Housing Authority project, funded by the Susan G Komen foundation, that provided group education opportunities and improved access to breast cancer screening resources. The counties targeted by this grant were Darlington, Chester, Orangeburg, Union, and Cherokee. This grant was able to provide trusted breast health education to 300 women in government subsidized low-income housing, in addition to referring 33 women to appropriate screening providers.
The Housing Authority Project is active in the following counties: Beaufort, Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Greenwood, Orangeburg, and Union.
The cervical cancer workgroup continues to promote the social media campaign,
HPV Vaccination NOW: This is Our Moment.
The workgroup is recruiting 30 parents who are active social media users and support the HPV vaccination. Participants will be invited to join a private Facebook group, receive bi-weekly emails with facts about HPV vaccination, and attend online webinars about HPV vaccination.
to review updates on the HPV social media accounts.
Lastly, the workgroup will be rewarding $5,000 HPV mini-grants to organizations promoting the HPV vaccination. The letter of intent is due September 1, 2019. For questions or more information, please email
The Alliance will be hosting a Colon Health Forum on Thurs., Aug. 22nd at the Chester County War Memorial Building. This event is funded by the Chester Healthcare Foundation.
to view our flyer.
Also, the Alliance will be meeting with the South Carolina Medical Association to determine ways to utilize cancer data to guide their efforts to address colorectal cancer through their professional education sessions.
POLICY AND ADVOCACY
Blue Granite Day is scheduled for December 5, 2019, at the Capital City Club in Columbia, SC. Registration is open at
The Alliance partnered with several churches through our Faith-based Initiative and hosted a prostate health forum on June 22
at the War Memorial Center in Chester, SC. This event was a part of the Chester Healthcare Foundation grant. There were 40 people in attendance. Overall, the forum went very well, and the attendees were engaged in the program.
The next prostate health education session is scheduled for Sept. 28th at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC.
to view the flyer.
The third annual cancer survivorship patient workshop in Fort Mill is scheduled for September 14, 2019.
Taking care of your whole self, Becoming your own health advocate, Exercising while in treatment, and From the Chemo chair to Capitol Hill.
to view our flyer.
Also, the workgroup is partnering with SC DHEC to develop an online survivorship tool to help patients navigate their cancer treatment and provide ways for coping with cancer.