Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund Awards Grant to the Rappahannock Area Health District
July 15, 2014
(Fredericksburg, Va.)—Recently, the Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District a $15,000 grant for its “Every Woman’s Life” (EWL) program. EWL is a public health program that helps uninsured, low income women gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. At some sites where EWL services are offered, women can also be screened for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, and also learn how to become more physically active, eat healthier foods, and stop smoking.
The program is subsidized through Federal and State grants, and provides essential breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who otherwise could not afford it. The grant provides funding for a designated outreach worker who makes the public more aware of the program, thereby increasing the number of potential screenings that could save someone’s life.
For more information, visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/ofhs/prevention/ewl/. To find your nearest screening location, call EWL’s toll free referral line at 1-866-EWL-4YOU (1-866-395-4968) or 804-864-8204.