Maternal & Family Health Services Awarded NEPA Health Care Foundation Grant

NEPA Healthcare Foundation Grant

MFHS staff with the NPHCF Board of Governors.

Maternal and Family Health Services announces they are a recipient of a grant from the Northeast PA Health Care Foundation. The grant funds the expansion of the MFHS Pass the Power of Pink Breast health initiative.

The Pass the Power of Pink initiative provides education and increased public awareness of the need for routine breast cancer screenings, as well as the availability of free screening events in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics, breast cancer continues to be the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer among Pennsylvania women. Over 13,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Pennsylvania alone.

“Breast cancer continues to take the lives of women in our community,” says Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President and CEO, “Mammograms are a powerful tool for the early diagnosis of breast cancer. However, many women who lack adequate health insurance are not able to afford a mammogram or follow up care.  The programs we offer help remove the financial barriers to care and empower women to seek the screenings and care that could save their lives.”

Through the Pass the Power of Pink initiative, MFHS will also hold special breast screening events in the community throughout 2016. Qualifying women will receive clinical breast exams as well as mammograms. Women interested in upcoming events can learn more by calling 1-877-MAMMO-4-U.

“MFHS thanks the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation for supporting the expansion of the Pass the Power of Pink,” says Saxton, “This grant will help us to connect more women to life-saving cancer screening services in our community.”