ABCD proudly participated in Share the Care, Wisconsin’s statewide cancer education conference focused on the needs of Native Americans, in Bowler, Wisconsin on May 1st and 2nd. ABCD was invited to present because of its long-time collaboration with Wisconsin’s Pink Shawl Initiative.
In fact, PSI has just celebrated its five-year anniversary. During that time it has established a model community-based program to educate Native American women about breast cancer risks, provided access to clinical breast exams and mammography and worked with ABCD to develop culturally-focused mentor training. The PSI-ABCD collaboration is now a model for future work with other culturally-focused breast health education programs.
In Bowler, ABCD participated on a conference panel in a conference session sponsored by PSI. The session, entitled “Surviving Cancer Together,” highlighted tools for coping with breast and other cancer diagnoses and connected conference participants to appropriate community resources. ABCD was privileged to be on this presenting panel as a returning presenter. Also participating in the conference were ABCD/PSI mentors and Family and Friend mentors, Carol Cameron, Deb Ushakow and Lisa Tiger.
The PSI-ABCD partnership was initiated by ABCD mentor Julie Darrough and Melodie Wilson in the summer of 2007. Since that time, nearly 20 Native Americans have trained as PSI-ABCD mentors and Family & Friend mentors.