The Coastal Wave
The Coastal Wave is the monthly newsletter of Coastal Health & Wellness.
CHW to host Crucial Catch Day – Intercept Cancer Oct. 27
Join Coastal Health & Wellness (CHW) as it hosts Crucial Catch Day – Intercept Cancer, set for Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The event, hosted in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and The National Football League (NFL), aims to increase access to cancer education, prevention and screening resources to underserved communities. Mammography screenings will be offered at the event.
The event will also include breast and colorectal cancer education and family-friendly activities including professional face painting and tattoos, football toss and Zumba, along with blood pressure and vision screenings. There’s even free food including barbecue, snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn.
Children can dress up as their favorite NFL team player or cheerleader and join in a costume parade.
ACS, as part of its Community Health Advocates Implementing Nationwide Grants, last year awarded CHW an 18-month $75,000 grant to offer breast and colorectal cancer screenings in Galveston County. Funds help support CHW efforts to improve access to screening, reducing cancer screening disparities and increasing outreach and education to Galveston County residents.
Grant funds pay for mammogram screenings and, if needed, diagnostic mammograms and biopsies if a mass is found.
“Any Coastal patient who comes in and doesn’t have insurance, we sign them up,” said Michelle Peacock, CHW nurse case manager and Crucial Catch event coordinator. “This definitely meets a community need. We have patients who don’t have access to insurance that covers a mammogram, much less any further testing needed. This allows us to meet that need and give our patients peace of mind.”
CHW partners with UTMB to offer breast cancer screening days every two months or so at CHW’s Texas City location. To date, 80 screenings have been offered.
“Coastal patients who do not have insurance have been referred to receive a screening. We’ve even cold-called patients who haven’t been to see us in a while, but still meet the qualifications – having no insurance and being a CHW patient,” Peacock said. “This is important. These patients more than likely wouldn’t be able to have a mammogram otherwise and we want to ensure we reach everyone we can.”
Funding does not cover breast cancer treatment, but patients may sign up for cancer Medicaid, Peacock said. Funds expire March 31 and Peacock said CHW plans to do all it can to offer screening days until funds are gone. Additional screening days will be scheduled after the Crucial Catch event.