Pilot Partnership Provides Access to Breast Screening Services
As Presenting Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure® since 2007, QFC, part of the Kroger family, wanted to expand its partnership with Komen Puget Sound this year by hosting a mobile mammogram event at one of its stores to make breast cancer screening more accessible. When Komen learned from its grantees and other partners that the southeast region of King County could benefit from such an event, the Fred Meyer store (another Kroger-owned chain) in Maple Valley was identified as an ideal location to reach the target population and that would allow enough parking space for Swedish Mobile Mammogram vehicle.
Together with Fred Meyer-Maple Valley, Swedish Cancer Institute and the Seattle King County Public Health, Komen Puget Sound piloted a screening event on Saturday, May 9th. Taking advantage of the many shoppers visiting the store location during the day before Mother’s Day, the event provided mammograms to 14 women, most of whom are low-income and uninsured and eligible for Washington state’s Breast Cervical Colon Health Program (BCCHP), a Komen-funded program.
“The event’s success is laying the groundwork for similar events in the future,” said Komen Puget Sound Director of Grants, Education and Outreach Elisa DelRosario. “Early detection is critical in the fight against breast cancer and it’s exciting to be able to bring these screening services to communities in need.”