Madeline Long-Gill, President Supporting Our Sisters International Community Advisory Group supported by Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities 

SOSI and Community Partners Go Door2Door4Health™

SOSI and Community Partners Go Door2Door4Health™ to Help Improve Health Outcomes in Prince George’s County, Maryland Ft Washington, Maryland — Supporting Our Sisters International (SOSI) in partnership with The Office of District 8 Council Member Obie Patterson, The Maplewood Citizens Association, The Kappa Foundation – Fort Washington and The Allentown Road Firehouse – Fort Washington will host Door2Door4Health™ “Heathcare to the Neighborhood” on July 28, 2018, 9:00 – 1:00 8709 Allentown Rd. Fort Washington, Maryland. Opening remarks by Councilman Obie Patterson at 9:00 a.m. The need for additional breast health services is great, breast cancer deaths in Maryland are among the highest in the nation. Prince George’s County was chosen because of its high mortality rate, diverse population and the social economic challenges facing women in the northern region. In Prince George’s County, screening numbers show that about 81 percent of women 50 and older are getting screened, but mortality data shows that 31.2 women out of 100,000 are dying due to breast cancer. Residents who live in the northern part of Prince George’s have the highest poverty rates and lowest education levels as compared to those living outside the Beltway."i Research strongly suggests that breast cancer in African American women is more aggressive than in white American women. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among African American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths surpassed only by lung cancer. Additionally, the incidence of breast cancer among women under the age of forty-five is higher for African American women compared to white women and the number of breast cancer deaths among African American women is rising; among white women the number is falling. SOSI collaborates with local government officials, municipalities, companies, organizations, churches and community groups to coordinate and take steps to promote health awareness in the minority and underserved communities. The program allows survivors/members of Supporting Our Sisters International, community stakeholders and volunteers an opportunity to canvass door-to-door in a minority community to distribute breast health education, and other awareness items. Additionally, the community will have the opportunity to meet and greet survivors, sign up for screenings, hear stories and experience their triumph over breast cancer and other chronic illnesses from survivors. “Our Door2Door4Health™ program is a continuation of our Beyond Awareness Campaign to bring healthcare to the door. Helping improve knowledge of breast health and other chronic illnesses to create preventive health strategies to reduce known risk factors related to breast cancer and other illnesses. This initiative is important because we are taking the message of health door to door encouraging women and men to live healthier lifestyles. Making a difference one door at a time,” says Madeline Long, Founder & CEO, Supporting Our Sisters International Inc. Supporting Our Sisters International Inc.(SOSI) is a breast health organization created to improve continuum care for women world-wide. We aim to help reduce breast cancer mortality by focusing on Access, Research and Survivorship. To accomplish our goal we create relationships with innovators in the healthcare space. The goal of the organization is to help reduce breast cancer mortality among women by focusing on improving breast health education and increase screening for women of color and the underserved. Our Beyond Awareness to Action program was created to reach those most effected by breast cancer and providing survivors with resources to help them thrive after diagnosis. Develop partnerships with companies and organizations that are working to reduce breast cancer mortality rates and improve health outcomes for women. SOSI has joined forces with survivors, family, friends, healthcare providers, researchers, community stakeholders, faith-based communities, and national organizations to create informative change within the breast cancer movement. SOSI believes we must support one another if we are to be the change. It will take all hands on deck to prevent and save lives! For more information on the organization, please call (314) 494-7315 or visit www.teamsosi.org ### i Susan G. Komen Community Profile Report – National Capital Region

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