Mobile Mammography Unit to return to Hannahville Indian Community

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WILSON/HARRIS, Mich. (WJMN) – If you are in need of your annual mammogram, a Mobile Mammography event is to take place in September for the Hannahville Indian Community in partnership with Spectrum Health Betty Ford Breast Care Services.

The mobile unit will be at the Hannahville Health Center in Wilson on Monday, September 21, and on Thursday, September 22 it will be located at the Island Resort and Casino in Harris.

If you are a woman age 40 or older, and due or overdue for your annual mammogram, please contact the Hannahville Indian Community Health Center by calling Kelly Hansen at 906-723-2570 to make your appointment for September 21st or call Jenny Farnes at 906-789-8110 if you want an appointment on Tuesday, September 22nd. Please be sure to leave your name and a phone number if you are asked to leave a voice message.

“It’s nice because it also brings the van closer for women who may not live close to a hospital,” said Kelly Hansen, the health educator for Hannahville Indian Community. “So it’s reducing those structural barriers. So women that live 20, 40, 60 minutes from the nearest hospital this makes it a little easier for them to come in and get their mammogram done.”

Extra care is being taken to protect the health of all women who participate in this event to ensure all women are up to date on their breast cancer screening. Temperature checks will be done prior to screening appointments, masks, and hand sanitizer will be provided for all women who are screened, and all equipment will be sanitized after each appointment.

This opportunity is available to all tribal and community members, tribal employees, casino employees, and all other women who are residents of Delta Menominee Counties, and the Central Upper Peninsula. Mammogram appointments only take only 20 minutes. By making an appointment it will ensure that this screening is done at no cost and a time convenient for you.

Mammograms are available for uninsured and under-insured women. Call Jenny Farnes at 906-789-8110 to see if you qualify for free screening paid for by the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BCCCNP).

This women’s health event is a collaborative effort of the Bay Mills Indian Community, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, and Spectrum Health Services.

After departing Hannahville the mobile mammography unit provided by Spectrum Health Betty Ford Care Services will be providing mammograms to women in the Bay Mills Indian Community, Wednesday, September 23rd – Friday, September 25th, 2020.

Those looking for more information on the opportunity to get their mammogram with the mobile unit in Hannahville on September 21 – 22, 2020 should reach out to Kelly Hansen at 906-723-2570 or email kelly.hansen@hichealth.org.

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