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Publish Date: 09/13/01
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College of Nursing Receives Award to Promote Breast Cancer Screening

Cincinnati--Four women from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing received a $20,000 award from the Office of Women's Health in Indiana, Indiana Department of Health and the Indiana Commission for Women, to promote breast cancer screening in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Ripley counties in Indiana.

Associate Professor Adrianne Lane, EdD, Adjunct Instructor Judy Uhler, MSN, Professor Madeleine Martin, EdD, and Associate Professor M. Linda Workman, PhD, were the recipients of the grant and worked with county health department nurses in two phases. During phase one, the project faculty distributed breast examination models to each health department for future educational programs and presented a four-hour workshop on breast cancer screenings and risk factors to eight county health nurses. One-hour programs on breast cancer risk factors and screening were given to women in each of the four counties during phase two. The grant also provided funds for 20 women in each county to receive free mammograms and educational materials.

In addition to promoting better breast cancer screening practices, these nurses worked to promote greater interaction between women in the community and their county health nurses, and between the UC College of Nursing faculty and the community nurses. Through the Indiana Women's Health Mini Grant Program, these agencies fund projects that will stimulate and motivate women of all ages to assess their lifestyles and make positive changes that will help to prevent disease. It also increased the resources of the county health departments for the following Indiana counties: Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, and Ripley.

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