Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BREAST CANCER AWARENESS -

ciously wel­comed the com­mu­nity to the event. “The women at Shiloh are con­nected to this com­mu­nity and we are so thank­ful for their part­ner­ship. They’re re­ally open­ing the door for us to make a dif­fer­ence for the women,” said Funk.

Since the ini­tia­tive’s in­cep­tion, the team has been hard at work sur­vey­ing African Amer­i­can women in south­ern Chester County for the pur­pose of gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion from this com­mu­nity to as­sess be­lief and bar­ri­ers to mam­mo­gram screen­ings. These sur­veys were done at street fairs, dur­ing in­di­vid­ual en­coun­ters, by var­i­ous com­mu­nity part­ner groups and at Pink Rib­bon Sun­day. “The re­sults from the col­lec­tion of sur­veys will help to de­fine the next steps in this process,” ac­cord­ing to Funk.

Com­pleted sur­veys have been sent to the Chester County Health Depart­ment who will tab­u­late the data. This in­for­ma­tion will be used to cre­ate fur­ther pro­gram­ming in­tended to over­come bar­ri­ers and pro­vide an ap­pro­pri­ate response to them.

Mar­lesa Moore, MD, Penn OB/GYN, re­view­ing the im­por­tance of a Clin­i­cal Breast Ex­am­i­na­tion as part of their Breast Health Care plan.

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