Dream the Cure Conversations

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Pink Shawl Dream the Cure Conversation Program

Presented by The Wisconsin Pink Shawls Dream the Cure Conversations are an educational session where women can talk openly about breast cancer and the impact it can have on their lives. The goal of the program is to encourage women to get regular breast health screenings, thereby increasing survival rates throughout the tribes of Wisconsin.
The small group education sessions are held in familiar settings that are safe and easily accessible. Locations include: schools, churches, businesses, health centers, libraries, city agencies, community centers, beauty shops and public housing complexes in Wisconsin.

Participants can talk openly about breast cancer and discuss barriers that prevent women from getting breast exams, such as fear, cultural or financial concerns, or not having enough time. Light refreshments are served. Participants will also learn about the benefits of yearly screenings. At the end of the Conversation, participants will have the tools to break down these barriers. Other key takeaway messages include: knowing your personal risk of breast cancer, understanding screening recommendations, engaging in healthy lifestyle behaviors to reduce risk and empowering women to be their own health advocates.

Each Conversation is moderated by a Pink Shawl Dream the Cure Conversations Leader. These Leaders, while volunteers, are highly trained, and serve as the bridge between community members and available breast health services. Conversation Leaders are uniquely qualified as a trusted source because of the community ties they have already established. Leaders usually live in the communities where the Conversations are taking place and understand what is important to those communities. Additionally, Leaders are able to communicate in a language participants are comfortable with and can incorporate cultural customs to help participants cope with stress and promote ongoing breast self-awareness. Women who participate in the program, go for the appropriate screening (mammogram or clinical breast exam) qualify for a gift card incentive that is mailed to them after the test is validated.

If you’d like to learn more about The Pink Shawl Dream the Cure Conversations and the importance of breast health, contact us at pinkshawl@att.net.