June 28, 2011 Community Event

Breast Health

Rhonda Makoske, Director of Medical Imaging at Columbia Memorial Hospital, led participants in a discussion using a Wheel of Knowledge game formatBreast health and the importance of early detection was the topic when the Women’s Health Project event was held June 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Community Room at Crosswinds at Hudson. Using a Wheel of Knowledge game format, Rhonda Makoske, Director of Medical Imaging at Columbia Memorial Hospital, led participants in an interactive session in which they learned about when and how often women should get mammograms, the relationship between the risk for breast cancer and women's age, and the importance of early detection.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a health resource fair and learn about healthcare services offered by the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Columbia County Department of Health, Domestic Violence—Community Action, Independent Living, the Parent Support Group and REACH Program of the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, WIC (Women, Infants and Children)-Catholic Charities, and the Women’s Health Project Taxi Voucher Program. In addition, participants were able to receive health screenings and counseling from the AIDS Council, to obtain immunizations through Columbia County Department of Health, and to obtain taxi vouchers from the Women’s Health Project for rides within Hudson to and from Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and Columbia Memorial Hospital for women’s health services.

Women also had the opportunity to have a mammography screening at the beginning of the event, thanks to the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium's arranging for the Bellevue Mammography Van to be on hand.

To see photos of the event and the participating organizations, please click here.

The event was one of a series of free health events offered by the Women’s Health Project, a community-based initiative of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities at the University at Albany.


This project is supported by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health (grant number P20MD003373). All content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities or the National Institutes of Health.