Health Camp Brings Mammograms to Seattle Sikh Community
On December 8, Komen Puget Sound and its community partners hosted a health fair in Bothell at the Gurudwara Sikh Centre of Seattle. Together with Molina Healthcare, Familias Unidas, Snohomish Naturopathic Clinic, Swedish Medical Center, the Breast, Colon and Cervical Health Program (BCCHP) and the Sikh Centre, the partnership event offered basic and breast health screening services to the Sikh community in the area.
The Health Camp welcomed over 400 people to the community event, with over 130 attendees receiving glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI testing. Twenty women received mammograms, including two women in their sixties for whom the event provided their first breast health screening experience. An additional 26 women from the community have expressed interest in receiving breast health screening services and will receive mammograms at an upcoming screening event. In addition to the presence of community partners, over 26 volunteers were on hand, with many providing translation services to members of the Sikh community whose first language is Punjabi.
The Health Camp also included services that focused on short-term health needs with drugstore giant Walgreens on hand to provide free flu shots. “Events like this one emphasize the importance of combining resources and leveraging relationships with our partners, especially with partners like the Sikh Centre,” said Elisa Del Rosario, Komen Puget Sound director of grants, education, and advocacy. “When we work together at events like this within the community, our impact is multiplied.”