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Title: Women's Breast & Heart Initiative
Mayte Padron: The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative saves and changes lives. While providing underserved women with the resources to beat breast cancer & heart disease.
Participant Testimonial: You know I glad that I get a second chance and they caught it on time, so it's a blessing.
Mayte Padron: Our vision is a world where breast cancer & heart disease don't lead to mortality.
Mayte Padron: The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative, it all starts with one knock, but it opens the door to so much more. More than 125,000 door knocks later and the goal of the Women's Breast & Heart initiative is to promote the overall well-being of women and men in South Florida.
Josh Young: So not only is the Women's Breast & Heart Initiative making a difference in the communities with the women who they serve, they're also changing the lives of so many volunteers.
Mayte Padron: The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative. Together we can prevent breast cancer and heart disease and help women lead longer and healthier lives.
The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative is a community-based outreach organization dedicated to educating women about the importance of breast and heart health while providing them with the resources to beat breast cancer and heart disease. Our focus is disease prevention and health promotion to impact present and future generations. Our intervention is a platform for collaboration, civic engagement and social change. We believe that if you change the life of a woman, you change the life of her family and if you change the life of a family, you can change the lives in the community and empower the broader community to live healthier, happier and more productive lives.
The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative's "One in Three | One in Eight" program breaks down barriers, mobilizes people and resources to give underserved women a fighting chance against breast cancer and heart disease. Each year, targeted door-to-door outreach campaigns serving 11,000 households, deliver breast cancer and heart disease education and schedule women to participate in neighborhood Screening and Wellness days. On these impactful days, participants receive preventive screenings, physical activity and nutrition sessions, fresh fruit, hearty vegetables and healthy eating guides. To successfully engage underserved women, we recruit, train and deploy 1,000 volunteer advocates from colleges, corporations and civic organizations. During this process, advocates gain a valuable skill set which enhances their lives and admonishes them to practice prevention and wellness. Our hospital and medical partners provide services to ensure that underserved women have access to participate in prevention and early detection. Together, our partners, volunteers and staff collaborate to help women lead longer and healthier lives.
In 2005, The Women's Breast & Heart Initiative was established by a breast cancer survivor thankful for the early detection that made a difference in her life. WBHI utilizes an innovative, evidence-based street level approach which engages the community at-large to address disparities. The organization began serving Miami-Dade County, Florida focusing on providing breast cancer education and early detection to underserved women in their own neighborhoods. Subsequently the program expanded to Broward and Palm Beach counties. An ongoing recommended screening and referral screening program compliment the strategy to ensure that more women access prevention and early detection. In 2013, heart disease, the leading cause of death in U.S. women, was integrated with the breast cancer focus as both diseases have shared risk factors. In 2014, physical activity and nutrition education with fresh fruit and vegetable distribution became part of Screening and Wellness Days to place more emphasis on prevention. In 2016, a peer led college campus club program was launched to provide disease prevention and health promotion on campuses to foster leadership and to impact the health of future generations. Our goal is to reduce disparities and change the trajectory of health through prevention and early detection.