Throughout the month of October we’re featuring Community Health Centers and the work they are doing to fight breast cancer, a disease that will claim over 40,000 lives this year. In Port Chester, NY, however Open Door Family Medical Centers is doing its part to save lives. This week the health center, which has been providing care for more than 40 years to low-income people in Westchester and Putnam counties, hosted A Crucial Catch Day – Your Day to Fight Breast Cancer. The event provided women over the age of 40 in Westchester County with free breast cancer education and screenings, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the American Cancer Society and the National Football League. The NFL’s A Crucial Catch initiative [see news article] provides funding to support increased access to breast cancer education and screening resources in underserved communities through the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program. Open Door’s goal was to see 110 women in a single day.
Is your health center working to reduce breast cancer in the community? Tell us about it and we will feature it on this blog.