The Catholic Healthcare West East Valley Foundation is hosting a series of mobile clinics providing free mammograms and education about breast self-examinations for low income and uninsured women.
Several clinics are scheduled in the East Valley. The next one is in Tempe on Thursday.
The CHW East Valley Foundation along with Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Cancer Center, Desert Cancer Foundation, and Ironwood Cancer Center were recently awarded a Susan G. Komen grant for $41,678 to provide 200 free mammography screenings and education about breast exams, said Kathleen Dowler, a registered nurse and CHW director of community integration.
A $500,000 donation from an anonymous community donor will also fund the clinics.
In addition to providing on-site mammograms and information about breast self-examinations, the clinics offer financial screenings for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s Medicaid plan.
Organizers expect 25 to 45 women at each clinic.
“It’s guaranteed to save lives,” Dowler said of the services. “This program gives women access to health care in their community that they otherwise wouldn’t receive. We find out what the health care needs are for the community, and then we focus on them.”
To attend the clinic, women must be 40 or over and are required to make an appointment.
Mobile mammography clinics. Appointments for the clinics, which run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., must be scheduled by calling the following numbers.
• Thursday, Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St., Tempe, (480) 350-5800.
• Oct. 13, Mesa Care, 466 S. Bellview, Mesa, (480) 883-8987.
• Dec. 1, Las Fuentes Health Clinic, 8625 S. Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, (480) 777-2263.
• Jan. 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 20615 E. Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek, (pending).
• Jan. 23, San Marcos Elementary School, 451 W. Frye Road, Chandler, (480) 883-4246.
• Feb. 20, Chandler Christian Center, 345 S. California St., Chandler, (480) 963-1423.