“Health Matters” is the theme for the 2017 Worship in Pink Kick-Off Health Fair, presented by Susan G. Komen Oregon & SW Washington, in partnership with the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace and Tuality Healthcare.
The community is invited to attend the Health Fair, which will be held at Maranatha Church, 4222 NE 12th Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It will include live music, a children’s play area, free lunch, and information from local health organizations.
For the first time, the Tuality Mobile Mammography Van will be onsite, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., to provide mammograms for women 40 and older who have not had one in at least one year.
Pre-registration, by Oct. 2 is required for a mammogram appointment.
“Worship in Pink is a wonderful way of getting information to Portland’s faith-based community about breast health and the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Because screening is so important, we want to kick-off October’s Worship in Pink events by making it easy for our community to get a mammogram,” said Kathy Kendrix, of Empowerment Group, who manages the Worship in Pink program with Komen.
Mammograms are available, with or without insurance. If possible, the insurance company will be billed, but if a woman does not have insurance and does not qualify for Screenwise, Oregon’s free mammogram program, then Komen has funds set aside to cover the cost.
If someone has Kaiser insurance, they will be connected to a Kaiser Permanente (KP) representative to schedule their mammogram at a KP facility, as it is not accepted on the Van.
Worship in Pink is a breast health education program for congregations of all faiths. Volunteer Ambassadors are trained by Komen to present fun activities in their congregations in October that share the importance of screening in the early detection of breast cancer.
More information can be found at www.komenoregon.org about the Worship in Pink program, the upcoming health fair, and mammogram registration.
In 25 years, the local organization has funneled nearly $20 million into programs that prioritize the importance of improving and building on the quality of life for survivors, emphasize the value of early detection and screenings, as well as financial assistance for access to treatment. Another $12.2 million has been dedicated to local cutting edge research.
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit, outside of the US government, while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
Nationally, since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded $2.9 billion in funding to research, screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide.