Woman's Health Initiatives
Avon Breast Collaborative
Low-income and minority women are less likely to get mammograms due to multiple social and economic factors. They are also more likely to have undetected breast cancer, which leads to high rates of breast cancer mortality.
Through the generous support of the Avon Foundation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Erie Family Health Center (Erie) have developed a plan to improve breast health for some of Chicago’s most vulnerable women.
The Partnership to Reduce Mammography Disparities program employs several strategies to improve mammography completion rates and breast health services for Erie’s female patients.
Access Northwestern Memorial provides free and discounted screening and diagnostic mammograms as well as treatment to all eligible Erie patients whether they have insurance or not. Northwestern Memorial and Erie work together to provide information about:
A patient tracking system was implemented to:
Outreach & Education
Erie employs community health workers who live in the community and assist residents with finding trusted information and resources to better understand and manage their health.
Northwestern University also worked with Erie to develop a multimedia educational program in both Spanish and English to address educational, attitudinal and motivational barriers women in the community may have to receiving a mammogram.
Prentice Ambulatory Clinic (PAC)
Northwestern Memorial provides care to low-income women at the Prentice Ambulatory Care (PAC) clinic, including:
Annually, the PAC clinic provides more than 6,000 patient visits, and in fiscal year 2008, more than 500 babies were delivered.