#GetScreened – The GE Mammovan and Wyoming
Guest blog from Lynn Erdman, RN, MN, OCNS, FAAN - Vice President, Community Health, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
We were in Wyoming this morning to kick off a terrific new program that’s going to have tremendous value in terms of breast health for women in Wyoming and in other states with large rural areas. I was delighted to be with Governor Matt Mead and First Lady of Wyoming, Lynn Mead, with GE’s Sue Siegel and with our Wyoming Affiliate to officially christen the GE “Mammovan,” which will travel the state to screen women where they live. This is part of our new Wyoming Women First initiative and it’s another example of how public/private partnerships can benefit women in our fight against breast cancer. Here’s why this pilot project is important: Wyoming is one of the least sparsely populated states in the Union, where people live an average of 70 minutes from the nearest healthcare facilities. Like other states with large rural populations, screening rates for breast cancer are below average. To address this, GE Healthcare, Susan G. Komen and the State of Wyoming announced the Wyoming Women First program last year. Over time, we believe we’ll be able to bring the benefits of this pilot project to women in other rural stats.
The Mammovan is just one part of the program — Komen also announced $1.2 million in grants to the Caring Foundation of Wyoming, the Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care and Women’s Wellness at Wyoming Migrant Health. These grants will help make screenings, and more coordinated breast cancer treatment, a reality. A link to the official press release announcing this program is here. I was so pleased to see the excitement, enthusiasm and dedication at our event today and grateful to GE, Wyoming health officials, the healthcare providers and local community groups for such a positive and meaningful partnership.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.