Friday, October 25, 2013

A Unique Komen Grantee:The Racine Mammogram Coalition

Komen’s Racine Grantee: A Truly Unique Program

The Racine County Mammogram Coalition consists of 6 organizations which each provide

outreach that encourages women to have annual age appropriate screening for breast cancer.

Each partner delivers education with distinct methodology, targeting a separate population.

The RCMC has worked cooperatively for over 3 years to provide outreach services which lead women to have annual mammograms as a tool for early detection. Well-recognized community entities with a combined history of more than 40 years, coalition partners enjoy extensive relationships with the women of Racine County.

Each partner has developed vital cultural competence in meeting the needs of specific groups that has helped the coalition reach more women. The 2011 Komen Community Profile Report cites the rise in percentage of women having mammograms from 44% in 2008 to 72% in 2010. In the 2012-2013 grant year, 545 women referred by RCMC received mammograms.

Building strong relationships and offering needed assistance have established and enforced trust in health care providers which leads more women to seek breast cancer screening. Diverse approaches used to accommodate divergent populations have strengthened the RCMC’s success.

For more information, contact Sarah Clemons at 262.636-9292.

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