AKA 3D Mammography Mobile Unit comes to Metro Kansas City
May 21, 2021
You could not miss the mobile health unit emblazoned with a large pink breast cancer ribbon and the words Alpha Kappa Alpha in fancy green script across a pink and green background, as it rolled into Metro Kansas City. We were ecstatic to finally get the 3D Mammography Mobile Unit here in the Mid-Western to provide FREE life saving breast cancer screenings for the community on Friday, May 21st at The New Bethel Church in Kansas City, Kansas and Saturday, May 22 at the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. The members of the four metro graduate chapters, Beta Omega, Mu Omega, Xi Tau Omega, and Upsilon Rho Omega, pulled out all the stops in outreach efforts, to get women and men who were uninsured or underinsured and over the age of 40, without a mammogram in the past 12 months, registered for this Pop Up “Spring Into Good Health” Event. Well, it worked, because at the end of the week on May 7, all of the available 70 appointments were not only booked, but our service provider, Assured Imaging, double booked more to meet the demand! We had 110 sorors who enthusiastically volunteered their time to serve over the 2-day event, even in the rain.
We know that COVID-19 in the past year has created great health disparities affecting our black and brown communities. Many have lost their jobs and their health insurance, and they were so pleased that we would bring this service to their neighborhood. Thus, not only did we offer mammograms, but our event was about overall wellness. Services offered included COVID-19 testing and vaccines, HIV-Testing, colorectal cancer screening kits, blood pressure, and a life saving Blood Drive where we had 19 donors with a potential 42 lives saved!
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas stated in a social media posts “Proud to spend some of my Saturday with the fine women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I appreciate their work setting up mobile mammogram services and COVID vaccines in our zip codes too often left out”.
After they completed their screening and got off the mobile unit, each patient received a large bag filled with personal care items and a wealth of health related information from our health partners who provided one on one consultation at their resource tables.