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PAMF Healthy Breast Program Reaches Out to Uninsured Women

Posted on Oct 27, 2011


Carla Gomez, PAMF Healthy Breast Program Coordinator, reaching out to community at Safeway stores in Santa Cruz

Carla Gomez, PAMF’s Healthy Breast Campaign coordinator in Santa Cruz, is working at a table set up at various Safeway store locations throughout Santa Cruz this month (October) to let people know about our Healthy Breast Program and resources.

This PAMF Healthy Breast Program reaches out to uninsured women to educate them on the importance of breast cancer screenings, and to connect them to resources that are available. Since its inception this past February, we have reached out to more than 3,400 individuals and have provided follow up treatment for 32 women, 5 of whom had surgical removal including 1 breast cancer diagnosis.

“The Safeway staff and shoppers have been really friendly and happy to have me there,” Gomez said. “I spoke with people, talked to a few survivors – and even got the name of someone who needs an appointment! I think it’s really great to build that relationship. People also liked knowing that donations went to local programs.”

Each October, Safeway stores collect donations for breast cancer and donate the proceeds to local organizations. Last year, the Safeway Foundation chose PAMF’s Healthy Breast Campaign as the recipient of the $20,000 raised in Santa Cruz County.

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Not able to visit Safeway in Santa Cruz this October? You can make an online donation to the Health Breast Campaign in Santa Cruz, using a secure form. All donations go to local breast health programs.