Healthy Connections

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Healthy Connections is devoted to women’s health: which houses two programs.

  1. Breast Cancer Awareness Program. This program targets women over the age of 40 who are either under-insured or under-served and provides them with education and free screening services for both breast and cervical cancer.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Program has provided education to over 50,000 women and 12,500 women have been documented as receiving clinical screening service. Lack of mammography screenings may result in last stage diagnosis or death.

There are many reasons women share for not getting the recommended screening some of which are the myths surrounding mammograms, lack of insurance or high deductions, lack of education of the importance of mammograms, no transportation and the list goes on.

This program provides education, awareness, linkage to services; case management to those women with abnormal mammograms and those diagnosed with breast cancer to un-insured/under-insured women to help in early detection of these cancers.

A breast cancer education, screening, and support program that links medically under-served women age 40 and over to no-cost mammograms. Services include transportation, language translation, advocacy, and referral to community resources.

The Healthy Connections Breast Cancer Awareness Program:

  • Offers outreach, breast health education, screening, and support for medically under-served and/or un-insured women
  • Links women to no-cost mammograms
  • Services include transportation to breast health related appointments, language translation, and advocacy and referral to community resources
  • Providing reminders for annual screenings.
  • Give incentive gifts to women that complete mammogram screenings
  • Provides one-to-one support to those with suspicious screening results, and for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Links uninsured women aged 40-64 to various resources for annual Mammogram and Clinical Breast Exam screening
  • Un-insured/under-insured resources include: Mercy Hospital, CareNet’s network of providers, ProMedica’s indigent programs, and free breast and cervical screening projects offered by area hospitals.
  • YWCA-Touch My Hand Breast Cancer Support Group meets bi-weekly providing support and resources to women who have a cancer diagnosis or those in remission needing supportive services from their peers.
  • Annual Night of Elegance event an evening to celebrate “Triumphs over Trials”. Our women endure so many trials; this night is CELEBRATORY!  An evening of dinner and dancing.

We educate both Medicaid and Medicare recipients about coverage of Annual Screening Mammography and assist them in obtaining the service from providers that accept those benefits. Healthy Connections Breast Cancer Awareness Program provides free breast-health presentations illustrating American Cancer Society guidelines for Mammography, Clinical Breast Exams, and Self-Awareness (knowing their normal).

Healthy Connections Breast Cancer Awareness Program supports women in their breast-health efforts by:

  • Providing transportation assistance for women for whom this is an obstacle.
  • Facilitating language translation.
  • Advocating for clients and providing referral to community resources. One-to-one support offered to those with suspicious screening results, and for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
  1. Infant Mortality Awareness

The YWCA Healthy Connections Community Health Worker   provides care coordination to women in the community to decrease the incidence of low birth weight. Infant mortality is defined as the death of a live-born baby before his or her first birthday.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 41 infant deaths in Lucas County in 2016; furthermore, the 2017 scorecard reports Lucas county as having 6.7 infant mortality rates for whites and 17.5 for blacks.

  • Medicaid Eligible Low Income, High Risk Pregnant Women. The Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB works to decrease the incidence of low birth weight (LBW) and premature births among high risk pregnant women in Northwest Ohio by utilizing the Pathways Model for Care Coordination.
  • Community Health Workers (CHWs) assist clients in removing barriers to care and increasing positive birth outcomes.
  • All health and social service agencies serving the pregnant, Medicaid population are eligible to apply.
  • Attend community events to share the importance of decreasing low birth weight babies.