UTMB Health offers free mammograms during "Sunday Screenings"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Mammogram program for uninsured Galveston County residents

UTMB Health and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are partnering to provide free screening mammograms for uninsured women in our community.  The Susan G. Komen foundation has stated that a significant number of uninsured Hispanic and African American women in Galveston County are not receiving their annual screening mammograms.  In an effort to reach these uninsured women, UTMB Health is bringing the mobile mammography van to Galveston County churches. Uninsured program participants DO NOT need to be a member of any minority group, nor members of these church congregations, in order to receive a free screening mammogram. 

However, participants will need to PRE REGISTER for the program and meet the eligibility criteria listed further below. The screenings are planned at:                                                                                                                                      :

Sunday October 28, 2012
St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Texas City
1604 9th Avenue N, Texas City, Texas 77590
(409) 948-8448
8 am to 2 pm.
(This program will take place during Spanish and English mass and application forms are available in both languages.)

Sunday November 11, 2012
Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church
Hitchcock, TX: 6333 Texas 6, Hitchcock, TX 77563
8 am to 2 pm
(409) 986-5453

Sunday November 18, 2012
Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church on Galveston Island
3602 Sealy, Galveston, Texas 77550
(409) 762-0088
8 am to 2 pm

Although these events are being hosted at local churches, uninsured program participants DO NOT need to be members of these church congregations in order to receive a free screening mammogram. However, participants will need to PRE REGISTER for the program and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Legal resident of Galveston County
  • Between 40-64 years old
  • Uninsured. In addition, participants cannot have mammogram coverage through the Medicaid and/or Medicare healthcare system
  • Not pregnant
  • Have not received a mammogram in the last 12 months
  • No personal history of breast cancer in the last 5 years
  • No current breast pain, breast discharge, or palpable breast abnormalities

To enroll in these program, please pick up a registration packet from any of the participating church offices; or from UTMB Galveston, Breast Imaging Department (2nd floor of the University Hospital Clinic Bldg); or at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, League City (2nd floor). Registration forms may be returned to the same locations.

Deadlines to submit the signed forms are Sunday, Oct. 21, for Miraculous Medal Church; Sunday, Nov. 4, for Greater St. Matthews; or Sunday, Nov. 11, for Mt. Olive. If patients have any questions about this program or application, please contact Ida Hernandez at UTMB, at (832) 505-1721.   

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