Colorado’s public health department reminds women to prioritize cancer screening through grant-funded program

Aug 18, 2022

A campaign to help publicize the Women’s Wellness Connection has begun. The campaign provides a more accessible way for underinsured and uninsured women to receive breast and cervical cancer screening.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment started the Women’s Wellness Connection program in 1991 as a way to ease the financial burden for women’s cancer screenings. The program is federally funded, and hospitals can apply for grants to support the program at their local clinic. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many women avoided medical settings and disrupted their yearly checkups, said Sarah Dayton, the grant manager for the Summit Community Care Clinic. The clinic has been offering the program in Summit County since 2017 and free breast cancer screening since 2005.

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