Sisters in Pink

Sisters in Pink

In Marion County, African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, but up to about 40% more likely to die from the disease. To reduce this disparity, Susan G. Komen Central Indiana is leading Sisters in Pink, a peer-to-peer education program that will help women learn about breast health and breast cancer. The program will also help women access the screening and diagnostic services that can save their lives.

See the press release.

How you can get involved:

Schedule an education session

Komen Central Indiana has trained health educators who are passionate about reducing disparities in breast cancer among Black and African American women. We are now scheduling sessions for the months of August – December 2017. 

To host an educational session led by one of our trained volunteers, please contact Rhonda Bayless at healthequity@komencentralindiana.org. Here are some details to keep in mind:

  • Please submit your request at least one week before your desired event date.
  • Events must take place in Marion County.
  • These sessions are recommended for small groups of 7 – 15 people.

 

Apply to be an educator

We are looking for community members who are passionate about reducing breast cancer deaths in African American women to lead educational sessions at local community organizations. We will provide training on breast cancer information, as well as how to host a good educational session. Educators will be compensated with monthly stipends, dependent on the number of educational sessions they complete. For more information on getting involved, please email Rhonda Bayless (healthequity@komencentralindiana.org), who is leading our health equities initiative.

 

About Rhonda

Rhonda BaylessRhonda L. Bayless , a native of Indianapolis,  is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center of Wellness for Urban Women (CWUW), a nonprofit organization empowering women and their families to take action in their health and well-being.

Along with her duties as an Executive Director, Bayless is an editorial board member and blogger for BK Nation, a national nonprofit developing and supporting leadership. She has worked for over 19 years as an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention for women and is the co-executive chair for the Indy Food Council. 

Bayless attended Franklin College studying Journalism and Sociology. Her commitment to the nonprofit sector has allowed her to gain experience through her work at Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Girls Inc National Resource Center, and The Damien Center.  She has sat on national working groups focusing on HIV/AIDS and women along with being a national mentor for the Young Women’s Health Summit for two years presented by the Office on Women’s Health.  Most recently, Bayless has been certified as an EmbodyLove Facilitator, helping women have healthy body images.

 

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