October 7, 2010 Community Event

Breast Health

Rhonda Makoske, Director of Medical Imaging at Columbia Memorial HospitalInformation about breast health and the importance of early detection was provided at the Women’s Health Project event, held Oct. 7 at Shiloh Baptist Church. Using a Wheel of Knowledge format, Rhonda Makoske, Director of Medical Imaging at Columbia Memorial Hospital, led participants in a lively game 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.

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.

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, Columbia Memorial Hospital—Medical Imaging, Columbia Opportunities, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia county, REACH Center and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. In addition, participants were able to receive health screening through the Columbia County Department of Health and 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 at the event, thanks to the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium's arranging for the Bellevue Mobile Mammogram van to be on hand.

The event was the seventh in 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.