Novant Health in conjunction with Goodwill Career Connections Workforce Development Center was able to serve patients of Grace Clinic this summer through the Novant Health Breast Center of Winston-Salem mobile mammography unit.
Although mammograms are usually covered under most insurance plans, many local residents are unable to receive care through their current jobs.
Many Grace Clinic patients report working multiple part-time jobs or are self-employed, which is also a challenge for finding affordable insurance.
With about 60 percent of the 500 individual patients at Grace Clinic, the lack of insurance has led to a need for programs like the mobile mammography unit, which travels to sites such as Goodwill Career Connections and Grace Clinic where patients can be served.
“Our goal is to ensure all women have access to high-quality breast health services, regardless of ability to pay or travel to a full-service imaging center,” states the novanthealthuva.org website.
“Having the unit at a centralized area in Elkin allowed people within walking distance or without transportation the opportunity to participate,” said Christy Martin of Goodwill.
“Many attendees expressed their gratitude and timelessness of the process,” said Martin. “Two individuals in particular; one in her 50s that never had a mammogram, and another that had not done so in 30-plus years.”
The American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 40 to 44 start annual screenings, with those aged 45 to 54 receiving a mammogram each year.
“Goodwill staff were pleased that those in need were served and look forward to working with community partners on future projects,” said Martin.
This program is paid for through grants and fundraisers with patients receiving scholarships for the Novant service through organizations such as Grace Clinic.
For more information on the Novant Health Breast Center of Winston-Salem mobile mammography unit, including how to schedule a visit, go to https://www.novanthealthuva.org/services/imaging/breast-imaging/mammogram/mobile-mammography.aspx.
Beanie Taylor can be reached through voice mail at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.