Russian Oregon Social Services (ROSS) began addressing the lack of preventative health care among Russian-speakers in 1997, as a partner in the Clackamas County Breast & Cervical Program.
Since its founding in 2001, our Breast Health Education and Treatment Support (BHES) project has been funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The program is also funded by the Spirit Mountain Community Fund. ROSS has successfully provided culturally-appropriate breast health education and treatment support and developed best-practice strategies to promote annual mammograms and clinical breast exams for women age 40and over.
Over the course of the BHES project, approximately 15,000 Russian-speaking women have attended breast health education presentations, 40,000 Russian-language breast health brochures and handouts have been distributed, almost 2,500 Russian-speaking women have received direct assistance and support through the screening process and over 600 have received a mammogram.
The goal of the BHES project is to reduce breast cancer related deaths among Russian-speaking women. We accomplish this goal through the following objectives: raising awareness of breast health/cancer, early detection and mainstream healthcare providers, and increasing the number of Russian-speaking women age 40 and older who obtain first time and routine clinical breast exams and mammograms.
For questions regarding educational lectures about women's health and information about free medical examinations, including a gynecological examination and mammography, please contact ROSS at:
4033 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland, OR 97202
phone: (503) 777-3437
fax (503) 777-6545
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