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Lowell General Hospital and Lowell Community Health Center put Grant from Susan G. Komen into Action

Improving Access to Breast Health Services for Southeast Asian Community

Susan G Komen logoDecember 7, 2010 – Lowell, MA – The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® awarded Lowell General Hospital (LGH) and Lowell Community Health Center (LCHC) with a $15,000 grant to support efforts in improving access to breast health services in the Greater Lowell Community. The grant, awarded earlier this year, has enabled a collaboratively developed breast cancer screening and education program as well as provided training for cultural sensitivity of medical staff. The purpose of this program is to address the gaps in access for Southeast Asian women that are related to cultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic barriers.

Members of Lowell General Hospital’s breast imaging services team, led by the hospital’s certified Breast Health Navigator, Susan Skinner, FNP, trained nearly three dozen staff from the Metta Health Center of LCHC to serve as breast health educators within the Southeast Asian community. Cultural and language-specific teaching materials were developed and events have been held to introduce women to the healthcare setting and mammography at Lowell General Hospital.

“We are excited by this partnership to improve women’s health among our city’s largest foreign-born population,” says Dorcas Grigg-Saito, chief executive officer of Lowell Community Health Center. “Thanks to this grant from the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, we have combined the resources and expertise of both Lowell General Hospital and our Metta Health Center for Southeast Asians to provide quality medical care along with a level of cultural sensitivity that makes outreach and care successful.”

The goal of the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is to ensure 100% annual screening and access to healthcare in the State by funding education, screening and treatment programs, with an emphasis on those facing barriers to care. With the help of community and events such as the annual Komen MA Race for the Cure® Run/Walk, the Affiliate was able to grant over $1 million to 28 organizations in Massachusetts in 2010.

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Sue Skinner at Metta CenterPhoto caption: Lowell General Hospital’s certified Breast Health Navigator, Susan Skinner, FNP, RN, demonstrates proper technique for breast self exams to Niem Naykret and Sina Phou-Khoun of Lowell Community Health Center. The two women are part of nearly three dozen who are bringing breast health education and the importance of screening for breast cancer to the area’s large Southeast Asian community.

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