Nicholls State University Health Services is sponsoring a Breast Health Awareness Campaign — Nicholls STEPs (Screening, Treatment and Educational Programs) for Breast Health. Various events and activities will take place to increase awareness of breast cancer as well as methods of prevention and detection.
Nicholls was awarded a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. The international organization has a network of volunteers working through local affiliates and Komen Race for the Cure events to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. In addition to funding research, the foundation and its affiliates fund community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment projects for the medically under served.
Grant money will support the following events and activities during the upcoming semesters:
|August 2012||Welcome Back Day||Visit our informational booth at Welcome Back Day in the Quad for some facts on breast cancer.|
|October||Breast Cancer Awareness Month||NSU STEP Coordinator and BSN Community Health Nursing students will provide month-long, university-wide programs for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Weekly programs providing breast self-exam information and models. Events will be publicized via the on-campus newspaper, posters, and NSU radio station.|
|October 27, 2012
8 am – 1 pm
|Race for the Cure®||Join our Nicholls team for the Race for the Cure to be held near Guidry Stadium at Nicholls State University. Sign up for the race in advance in University Health Services and receive a Nicholls STEPs t-shirt and paraphernalia.|
|November 3, 2012
12 pm – 3 pm
|Family Day||Visit our informational booth for a bean-bag toss game and join us in the closure of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Family Day.|
|February 2013||African American History Month||NSU STEPs will participate in AA History Month Events and sponsor an information table highlighting breast health information for African Americans.|
|March 2013||Women’s History Month||NSU STEP’S Coordinator, along with University Health Services, will organize the Women’s History Month luncheon featuring a presentation about breast health and a guest speaker who has experience in breast cancer research/awareness. Breast health information will focus on proper nutrition for breast cancer prevention.|
|Ongoing||Self Breast Exam (SBE)Counseling SessionsBreast Health Information||University Health Service professionals will counsel referrals on SBE techniques. Constituents will be asked to schedule an appointment for counseling sessions via UHS. Information on breast cancer and breast health will be available at all times in UHS. UHS health professionals will be encouraged to include breast health instruction and educational materials during clinic visits. All educational materials, especially videos will be offered to residential assistants to use for their monthly educational offerings in the residence halls. Further, student groups will be encouraged to request a speaker to present information on SBE and breast health.|