Survivors, public health professionals, health care providers, and other community stakeholders are working together in advocacy activities that educate the public about important issues in cancer control.
Cancer Screening Advocates are volunteers who undergo a short training session and then reach out to their peers (friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members) and encourage them to be screened for breast cancer. The Advocates receive special “breast health kits” to give to their contacts with information about why screening is important, how to find a local health care provider, and how to pay for screening tests. Screening advocates can be breast cancer survivors, caregivers, or anyone with a passion for prevention and early detection. A screening advocate program is currently being coordinated by the Two Rivers Health Department in the greater Kearney area, My Sister’s Keeper in Omaha, and the Lincoln Breast Cancer Alliance in Lancaster County. Komen Great Plains also has a related screening advocate program, called Promise Me operating in Douglas County. To learn about an advocate program in your area, contact Lori Vidlak at 402.525.6973.
In some communities across the state, residents have formed local Cancer Coalitions. Click on the pages in the drop down menu of this section for Coalition contact information and links to related promotional or meeting materials.