The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s !VIDA! Multi-cultural Breast Health Forum made its Milford debut on Saturday, serving about 350 people who benefited from more than 40 local vendors and eight different health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and clinical breast exams.
A variety of free health screenings were offered in Milford on Saturday during the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s !VIDA! Multi-cultural Breast Health Forum intended to reach underserved and diverse populations.
Event organizer Cheryl Doucette said the event, held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Milford Multi-Cultural Church and Community Center on N.E. Front Street, was a huge success with its turnout.
The event, which started four years ago in Georgetown, made its Milford debut on Saturday, receiving about 350 people who benefited from more than 40 local vendors and eight different health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and clinical breast exams.
“I’m thrilled,” Doucette said, “I couldn’t be happier with our turnout.”
Doucette explained that the event began as a way to reach out to Hispanic communities and that DBCC took an idea that worked and applied it in order to reach a wider variety of people who, because of cultural or language barriers, may not be aware of free health screenings offered by DBCC or local health fairs.
“Health fairs have always done health screenings, but the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition was the first to offer onsite breast exams,” Doucette said.
More than 300 screenings were performed by various vendors on Saturday, including Bayhealth, Beebe Healthcare, Delaware Pharmacists Society, Delaware Public Health and the National Association for Hispanic Nurses.
Of the total 303 screenings, Bayhealth performed 15 onsite clinical breast exams. Doucette said more than 10 women expressed interest in follow-up appointments or mammograms, expressing a desire to work with DBCC to get services when they are uninsured or under insured.
“A lot of people are hesitant to share a lot of information at first, but the number [of inquiries] may go up as we start doing callbacks,” Doucette explained.
DBCC Executive Director Vicky Cooke said the health fairs, especially those targeting a multi-cultural population, are important to get the message of breast health awareness and education out to those who may not know where to go.
“The idea is to reach out to the people who need to be served,” Cooke said. “Many minority communities need to know organizations like ours are available for their needs, that we’re there for them.”