LACONIA, NH -- Sixteen women from Nepal attended the “Refugee Women’s Health Event” at Health First Family Care in Laconia on May 16, 2013. The event was held in conjunction with LRGHealthcare and sponsored by a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Dilu Chetri-Rai, from the Language Bank Interpretation Services in Concord applied her expert interpretation skills.
During the event, women were given an opportunity to learn about the importance of breast and pelvic health during a presentation by Laura Zakorchemny, APRN. Educational hand-outs interpreted into the Nepalese language proved to be an effective teaching tool. Silicone Breast models, simulating breast lumps were also available to teach women about self awareness and self exam. Ms. Zakorchemny explained the benefit of monthly breast self- examination and the importance of reporting changes to a medical provider for further evaluation. She explained that “the best possible outcomes are possible when breast or cervical cancer is detected early”.
Tiffany Fuller, Breast and Cervical Cancer Project Outreach Coordinator from the NH Department of Health & Human Services in Concord, explained that the “Let No Woman Be Overlooked” breast and cervical cancer screening program is available for uninsured women who meet financial guidelines. She also explained that program is available at LRGHealthcare and Health First Family Care.
Ginny Witkin RN- Breast Health Coordinator, and Lisa Thornton, Medical Imaging Coordinator, from LRGHealthcare explained that, “thanks to a grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, we are able to offer mammograms at no cost to women who meet specific guidelines.” Several women were found to be qualified while at the event and were able to schedule appointments for their mammograms.
During the event there was a demonstration on Child Car Seat Safety by Carolyn Muller from the LRGHealthcare Education Department. She showed how to properly secure a child in the straps and how to position the seat safely in a vehicle.
Ruby Stockbridge M.A., from Health First Family Care Center, reminded women that they are welcome to come discuss any health care questions with the health care professionals and many assistive programs are available.
A special thank you to local Refugee Advocate, Judith Rothemund, who was responsible for extending the invitation to the guests and arranging transportation to this worthwhile event.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare’s mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.
Sixteen women from Nepal attended the “Refugee Women’s Health Event” at Health First Family Care in Laconia on May 16, 2013. During the event, women were given an opportunity to learn about the importance of breast and pelvic health.