bring mobile unit to local women
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The barriers to women getting breast exams were broken as Southeastern
Indiana Cancer Health Network (SEICHN) volunteers rolled into Versailles
According to volunteer Adrianne Lane, Ed D, RN, there are three
barriers that keep women from getting the breast care they need:
cost, distance and fear.
We eliminate the cost by providing free exams, take the distance
factor out by bringing the mobile unit into their community, and
relieve the fears of the women by partnering with local people,
such as the health department here, Lane told The Versailles
The network volunteers were grateful to Vicky Powell, public health
nurse for Ripley County and her staff for partnering with their
group to bring the mobile van to Versailles. They make the
appointments and provide a place where we can offer education on
breast care, noted Lane. Money to hire the St. Elizabeth van
and mammographers was provided by a grant from the Indiana Breast
Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) license plate sales. The pink ribbon
license plates mission is: To increase awareness and improve access
to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana.
Grants provided by various foundations throughout the county have
funded the van to offer free mammograms for area residents in the
past. Some mentioned by Lane included: Margaret Mary Community Hospital,
Speaking of Womens Health, Hillenbrand foundation, Ripley
County Community Foundation, along with the Susan G. Komen Foundation
from the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate. They also have received funding
from the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund.
Yet this fall, the volunteer group will be partnering with Southeastern
Indiana REMC, who will be sponsoring a mammogram screening day in
The SEICHN focuses on a five county area: Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin,
Ohio and Switzerland counties.
Two members of the group who are both professors at the Cincinnati
College of Nursing, Adrianne lane and Madeleine Martin, are from
the area they serve. Lane, who has lived in a variety of places
in Southeastern Indiana, is the director/president of the network.
Martin hails from Moores Hill and is the secretary/treasurer. Jo
Ellen Tucker, Bright, is a board member with Kimberly Herrmann,
Harrison, as the Community Outreach Manager.
Together these women partner with various groups and agencies to
bring breast care education, complete with mammograms to women who
might not otherwise have the opportunity. While no one is turned
away, priority is given to women who may be under or uninsured,
lacking the funding for the service.
Before the van rolls into town, it is advertised in the local newspapers
and posters are distributed in the area. The group has been very
well received since its inception in 1999. They have provided over
1500 free mammograms and cancer educational programs to over 1800
We need the continued support of you, our community collaborators
and financial supporters to sustain our work in the community,
the SEICHN team related. Knowing that mammograms saves lives, these
health care professionals are happy to volunteer their time to make
a difference in the communities they serve.
Watch for advertisement about the October event that will feature
breast screenings in Osgood.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Pictured from left are: Adrianne Lane, president of
SEICHN, Madeleine Martin, secretary/treasurer of SEICHN,
Vicky Powell, public health nurse for Ripley County, Debbie
Walker, Office Manager for Ripley County health nurse,
and Kimberly Herrmann, community outreach manager for
SEICHN,the volunteer group responsible bringing the mobile
unit for breast screening to local women.