In 1985, the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)
was observed in the United States. In the US this event is referred to as National Breast
Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).
Initially, the aim of this event was to increase the early
detection of breast cancer by encouraging women to have mammograms. As many women know, a mammogram is an
x-ray of the breast used to detect abnormalities in breast tissue. Early
detection means that cancer can be more effectively treated and prevented from
spreading to other areas of the body.
The Color Pink &The Pink Ribbon
With the founding of The Breast Cancer
Research Foundation in 1993, the pink ribbon, which had previously been used to
symbolize breast cancer, was chosen as the symbol for breast cancer awareness.
The color pink itself, at times, has been
used to striking effect in raising breast cancer awareness. Many famous
buildings and landmarks across the globe have been illuminated in pink light
during this event; Sydney’s Harbor Bridge, Japan’s Tokyo Tower and Canada’s
Niagara Falls to name a few.
Due to the success of this awareness event,
for many people, the breast cancer awareness ribbons are now associated with
breast cancer awareness.
The third Friday in October each year is
National Mammography Day, first proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993. On this day, or throughout the month, women
are encouraged to make a mammogram appointment.
The Bonnie Bus Mobile Mammography with be at
the Ritchie Regional Harrisville Site on December 6, 2019 8am- 4:00pm
The Staff of Ritchie Regional Health Center
will wear pink in observance of breast cancer awareness day on October 18th.
Community Health Centers
America’s Health Centers owe their existence to a remarkable turn of events in U.S. history, and to a number of determined community health and civil rights activists who fought more than 50 years ago to improve the lives of Americans living in deep poverty and in desperate need of health care.
Among those determined to change these conditions was H. Jack Geiger, then a young doctor and civil rights activist who, while studying in South Africa, witnessed how a unique community-based health care model had brought about astonishing health improvements for the poorest citizens of that country.
Moving on the opportunity presented by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s major War on Poverty initiatives in the early 1960s, Dr. Geiger and other health care pioneers submitted proposals to the federal Office of Economic Opportunity to establish health centers in medically underserved inner city and rural areas of the country based on the same health care model Geiger had studied in South Africa. Funding for the first two “Neighborhood Health Centers” (as they were then called) – one in Boston, Massachusetts, and the other in Mound Bayou, Mississippi – was approved in 1965, and the Community Health Centers Program was launched.
The health center model that emerged targeted the roots of poverty by combining the resources of local communities with federal funds to establish neighborhood clinics in both rural and urban areas around America. It was a formula that not only empowered communities to establish and direct health services at the local level via consumer-majority governing boards, but also generated compelling proof that affordable and accessible health care produced compounding benefits.
Community Health Centers serve as the primary medical home for over 25 million people in 9,800 rural and urban communities across America. These community-based “family doctors” enjoy longstanding bipartisan support by Administrations and policymakers at all levels, as well as in both the private and public sectors.
To learn more about community health centers across the country check out the NACHC website.
Every year in the U.S., more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a tobacco product for the first time.
As a health center, we not only screen patients for tobacco use but also offer intervention (Quitline, Medication, Counseling) as indicated.