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Under/Never Screened initiative: addressing the needs of marginalized communities

from the June 27, 2011 issue of Connect

Under/Never Screened initiative: addressing the needs of marginalized communities

Women’s College Hospital is committed to serving women from diverse and marginalized communities and we’re always exploring innovative ways to connect with often hard-to-reach women. To honour this steadfast commitment, Women’s College has successfully received funding from Cancer Care Ontario to address the needs of marginalized communities that have below average provincial screening rates for breast and cervical cancer.

In partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Public Health and over 15 community agencies, the Under/Never Screened initiative will target women who are refugees, immigrants, homeless, under-housed, low-income and those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and/or queer (LGBTQ).

The overarching goal of the program is to develop strategies that facilitate access to screening for women in hard-to-reach groups and ultimately increase screening rates.

“The Under/Never Screened initiative is another important step Women’s College is taking to keep people out of hospital,” explains Heather McPherson, vice-president, patient care and ambulatory innovation. “By reaching out to groups of women who are often overlooked and require innovative strategies to reach, we are hoping to help them manage and prevent illness.”

Stay tuned for more information.


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