Avon Foundation and Sinai Urban Health Institute Partner to Combat Breast Health Disparities Among Minority Women

Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI) and the Avon Foundation for Women have partnered once again to eliminate breast health disparities among minority women. In an effort to connect with women who might have missed other breast health outreach efforts, SUHI installed “My Pink Agenda” computer kiosks in Humboldt Park and North Lawndale. The My Pink Agenda kiosks were funded using an Avon Foundation for Women grant—one of several Avon Foundation grants SUHI has received since 2005. The kiosks provide interactive sessions with women, asking them to key in answers to simple questions related to breast health, such as a their age and race, and printing out personalized “magazines” about breast health based on responses to the questions.

According to the SUHI research findings, African American women in Chicago are twice as likely to die from breast cancer as white women, and when Latino women are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is usually more advanced and can be more difficult to treat. These facts underscore the importance of encouraging African American and Latino women to get mammograms and then seek the indicated care. Thanks to the Avon Foundation and Sinai, with the benefit of the My Pink Agenda kiosks, breast cancer screening process will be easier for minority women on Chicago’s west side. Sinai has received more than $5.15 million from Avon Foundation for Women since 2005, ranging from patient navigation programs for breast health patients, to the creation of the Metro Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force and the Helping Her Live community navigation program. For more information, visit www.sinai.org.

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