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Breast Cancer Advocates Attend Forum

OLBH's Johnda Walden, ARRT(R)(M), and Beth Wilson, RT (R) (M) attended the 2012 Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Forum as representatives of OLBH.

This year’s forum took place on March 21-23 in New York, NY, and focused on programs exploring overcoming racial disparities in breast cancer care and treatment, as well as ensuring access to breast cancer early detection programs and treatment. At the forum, the Avon Foundation released a study that showed nearly five black women die needlessly per day from breast cancer in the United States – a total of 1,722 deaths annually

Walden and Wilson were two of the more than 275 community health educators, patient navigators, nurses and physicians from all 50 states that attended the forum. Collectively, the participants are part of a network of Avon Foundation-funded programs that have educated more than 11 million women and men about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, linked nearly 2.7 million women to mammography screening, and navigated thousands of breast cancer patients through treatment.

Walden is OLBH’s Mobile Mammography Services coordinator, responsible for oversight and operations of the OLBH Mammography Unit, a mobile coach designed to provide women access to mammography screenings. Walden has been employed at OLBH for 11 years. Walden is a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Technology in Huntington and earned her bachelor’s degree from Morehead State University. She is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. Walden resides in Greenup County with her husband and two daughters.

Wilson, OLBH’s breast care coordinator, is credited with helping the hospital’s mammography services maintain accreditation from both the American College of Radiology and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Mammography Quality Standard Act. She has been employed at OLBH for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Shawnee State University and the mother of two children. She and her family reside in Raceland.

OLBH’s Mobile Health Center has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women to support its work and in recognition of the program’s excellence for the past eight years. Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).

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