Early detection is key to surviving breast cancer, but some women face barriers preventing them from getting early screenings.
In a diverse area like Springdale, the Community Clinic has focused on reaching out to underserved women in need of breast care.
“Minority women typically have lower rates of breast cancer screening and detection and often that’s due to language barriers and cultural barriers so it’s really important to have venues like Sista Suppers to overcome some of those,” said Amanda Echegoyen, Community Clinic CEO
Sista Suppers is a community outreach program offered through Komen Ozark.
“We really try to educate these ladies on the importance of seeing a primary care provider every year for their clinical breast exam and then completing the age appropriate screenings,” said Echegoyen.
Through a partnership with churches and schools the Community Clinic carries out 8 to 10 Sista Suppers a year at different locations around the community.
“It’s a really, really positive thing for these ladies. They’re very small groups and take place in comfortable, familiar settings so everyone is very at ease. We provide dinner and childcare and start with social time as well,” said Echegoyen.
The informational sessions are in both Marshallese and Spanish, thanks to clinic employees stepping up to the plate.
Once the Sista Supper is wrapped up. the clinic goes one step further in helping the women get frequent care.
“Get these ladies an appointment and help them enroll in insurance so they have coverage to have these screenings,” said Echegoyen.
It’s a service that couldn’t be done without strong community relationships.
“We could not do what we do without the funding from Komen Ozark. They have a great partnership with us and provide us with so much support to give the education and services to women in our community that are most in need,” said Echegoyen.
If you’d like to organize a Sista Supper contact the Community Clinic at (479) 751-7417.