ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY TO PROVIDE FREE MAMMOGRAMS TO UNINSURED WOMEN, NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY AT ESSENCE FESTIVAL
(New Orleans, LA – July 6, 2019) - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® will celebrate the Essence Festival 25th anniversary with women’s health as the focus. The international service organization will provide 70 free 3D mammograms to uninsured women, and the New Orleans community with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Mobile Mammography Unit.
The mobile unit will be onsite at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall F – Booth #4315 on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7. Those over 40 are also encouraged to get a mammogram if they haven’t had the annual breast screening exam. For more information regarding eligibility or to schedule a mammogram, go to http://www.assuredimaging.com/AKA or call 888-233-6121.
Festival participants can visit the AKA Mobile Mammography Unit as well, the first coach of its kind owned by any sorority or fraternity in the U.S.
“Alpha Kappa Alpha members stand boldly in this fight against breast cancer which is the number one cancer among women,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President Glenda Glover.
“This is an extremely important moment in the history of Alpha Kappa Alpha because for 111 years the sorority has implemented innovative programs that improve the lives of women, men and children across the globe. Our legacy of exemplary service continues with the new AKA Mammography Mobile Unit.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha is committed to addressing critical issues that impact the quality of life throughout the world, including women’s healthcare and wellness. The international service organization has partnered with Assured Imaging to provide the screenings. Digital mammograms are recommended for women who are at least 40 years of age, have not had a previous mammogram in the past year, and do not have breast problems or complaints. Women between the ages of 35 and 39 can receive one baseline mammogram screening without an order.
The sorority’s goal is to reach 100,000 women over the next four years to share information concerning breast cancer, increase awareness regarding the risk factors that contribute to breast cancer, and provide access to mammograms. AKA will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues, like breast cancer, that impact African American women.