By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Health Delivery Inc. is one of many Michigan Community Health Centers promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by donating hundreds of dollars to research and informing patients about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
HDI, which has community health centers throughout Mid-Michigan, has made an effort to encourage patients to get in for breast cancer screenings. HDI offers on-site mammograms at the Janes Street Academic Community Health Center through its mammography department. If abnormal results occur, a patient is re-evaluated and provided with state-of-the-art care.
In addition to making patients aware of the critical importance of early detection, employees raised $630 by selling breast cancer awareness t-shirts, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer awareness fund.
“It’s so important for our Health Centers to participate and make patients aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer,” said Monica Woods, HDI Public Relations Manager. “We need to stay focused on prevention and find a cure sooner than later! The money our employees raised through the breast cancer t-shirt fundraiser will help with research for a cure.”
According to the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012 report, the American Cancer Society has awarded approximately $450.7 million in breast cancer research grants since 1971, leading to the development of lifesaving drugs and the discovery of genes linked to breast cancer.
Thirty-four Michigan Health Centers provide quality, comprehensive, affordable primary and preventive care to more than 600,000 Michigan residents at over 200 delivery sites across the state. Their doors are open to all, regardless of insurance status or income level, and their services range from medical care, to dental care, to behavioral health care, and beyond.