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Comadre a Comadre receives $25,000 grant to expand Breast Health Pláticas

The College of Education’s Comadre a Comadre program created Breast Health Pláticas, a community-based project, in an effort to raise awareness about the early detection of breast cancer among Hispanic/Latina women. Pláticas are talks and conversations, and refers to the ways in which information and support are offered, empowering the lives of women and their loved ones through advocacy, education, resources, and research on breast health and breast cancer.

A one-year $25,000 grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation will allow Comadre a Comadre to expand its Breast Health Pláticas project, offering breast health education classes to at least 300 Hispanic/Latina women. The project will be able to span across two additional New Mexico counties, Valencia and Sandoval; classes are held in churches, community centers, places of business and other locations.

Comadre a Comadre group"This grant will enable us to reach more women beyond Bernalillo County so we can educate them on the early detection of breast cancer, and the resources available for those who have no insurance or are underinsured and in need of screening, and those who are experiencing breast problems,” said Comadre a Comadre Director Elba L. Saavedra Ferrer.

Through its community grants program, the Prevent Cancer Foundation supported 12 different projects focusing on increasing cancer prevention and early detection services in communities across the nation. Many will directly impact underserved populations in urban and rural areas where access to these crucial services are sparse.

Comadre a Comadre’s educational sessions are implemented using an evidence-based breast and cervical cancer curriculum. They are conducted by trained Peer Educators who are also breast cancer survivors, and representatives of their community.

The sessions are offered in an informal conversational and culturally appropriate format, and also offer navigation services for medical appointments for women who request assistance. The project aims to increase breast cancer knowledge by 80 percent among participants.

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