Pictured: Sharlene Yearwood, Education Events Specialist Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Selma Morris MED Breast Health Liaison/Grants Officer Medical Affairs Division, Grady Health System
While attending the National Black Nurses Association's 35th Annual Conference, Teri and Alisa met Selma Morris MEd, a member of the African American National Advisory Council (AANAC), an advisory council created from the African American Women’s initiative started by Susan G. Komen for the Cure
in response to statistics that show African Americans to have the highest breast cancer mortality rate of any ethnic group. Selma discussed the important efforts she is making in Georgia to promote breast health; she organized and implemented the “East to West Breast Express” on the MARTA, Atlanta’s mass transportation system. Although this effort was successful, had Selma had additional nurse volunteers she would have been able to reach far more people. We are advocating for such a system to be in place so that others like Selma could call on their local National Nurse Office, who would have developed a team through collaboration with local schools of nursing, and retired and working nurses.Susan G. Komen for the Cure
greater Atlanta affiliate funded the pilot program, “Breast Express”. After the local success, the national Susan G. Komen For The Cure funded the East-West Breast Express that included the MARTA and BART (Oakland).
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Wednesday, August 01, 2007