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.
to view the evaluation results.
Through the efforts at the Beaufort Housing Authority, nearly 100 women were educated on the importance of breast health and available screening resources and 55 individuals received various health tests and/or cancer screenings via the Beaufort Memorial Hospital mobile unit. A big thank you to Hester Warthaw for promoting our education sessions and screening opportunities as well as providing one-on-one education to the residents.
The Housing Authority Project and Faith-Based Initiative are active in the following counties: Beaufort, Calhoun, Chester, Fairfield, Greenwood, and Union.
The cervical cancer workgroup continues to promote the social media campaign,
HPV Vaccination NOW: This is Our Moment.
Researchers at the College of Charleston are now recruiting parents to train and support as proponents of 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. Participants will also be asked to complete web-based surveys and online focus groups.
for the College of Charleston HPV vaccination study flyer and share as you see appropriate with your networks.
Also, the workgroup is in the early stages of planning an HPV event at the Statehouse. The event is expected to take place in January or February of 2020. More details to follow soon.
Lastly, the workgroup received three letters of intent in response to the HPV mini-grants application. The group will review the applications and announce funding awards on
October 15, 2019.
The Alliance hosted a Colon Health Forum on Thurs., Aug. 22nd at the Chester County War Memorial Building. This event was funded by the Chester Healthcare Foundation. There were 44 people in attendance.
to review the evaluation results.
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.
OLICY AND ADVOCACY
Blue Granite Day is scheduled for December 5, 2019, at the Capital City Club in Columbia, SC. The focus of this event is to discuss ideas for improving health equity in African American men. Registration is open at
The Prostate Workgroup hosted a health education session on Sept. 28th at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville, SC. There were 32 attendees. Overall, the education session went very well, and the attendees were engaged in the program.
Johnny Payne reviewed prostate cancer grants for the Department of Defense and he had an article featured on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program's website
to view the article.
The third annual cancer survivorship patient workshop in Fort Mill was on September 14, 2019. There were 62 attendees.
Topics and presentations included:
Taking care of your whole self, Becoming your own health advocate, Exercising while in treatment, and from the chemo chair to Capitol Hill.
The next Survivorship Evidence Academy is scheduled for May 8, 2020. 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. Thank you to MUSC, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Gibbs Cancer Center, Prisma Greenville Cancer Institute, Debra Butler for participating in the focus group to design this website.