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The Witness Project of Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT: GET TO KNOW THE 2016 CPHA PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD RECIPIENTS

Posted By Melissa Touma, Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016

GET TO KNOW THE 2016 CPHA PUBLIC HEALTH AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

The Witness Project of Connecticut, Bridgeport, CT

Ira V. Hiscock Award

 

The Witness Project of Connecticut is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 with the mission to reduce the number of African American women diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in Connecticut by increasing early detection and treatment rates through education and empowerment. The Witness Project serves under-served women in Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford by providing culturally sensitive breast health education, patient navigation services for uninsured women and sponsor mammography screening days in the community. All of these efforts combined help facilitate detection, which is key to surviving breast cancer.

The Witness Project utilizes an evidence-based education model to provide women with breast health education and identify those who have not received a mammogram in the past 12 months. Women are reached in education sessions conducted for churches and the community service organizations that serve low income women. Group education sessions utilize lay health advisors and witness role models to educate and discuss breast health. Nearly 60% of the women reached are in group sessions and the Witness Project has consistently exceeded its annual education goals by 150%. The other 40% are reached in one to one education sessions during community mammography screenings.

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