Collaborating for a Cause

Many organizations across Great Falls are promoting evidence-based strategies for screening and early detection that make a difference in Montanans’ lives. Breast Cancer Awareness Month provides a great opportunity to keep the momentum going. The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) is working in collaboration with the Community Health Care Center, Indian Family Health Clinic, and Just Nails during the month of October, to use fun and engaging events that will promote awareness of breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection.

“We can truly reduce the burden of cancer by promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors. This is why October is such a great month to collaborate with other community organizations working toward the same solution” Karen Grindeland, CCHD Cancer Control Specialist.

Events include:

  • Pink Fridays: Every Friday in October, Indian Family Health Clinic will provide their patients with promotional materials and education or referrals for their mammograms.
  • Pink Day: On October 25th, Community Health Care Center will provide their patients with promotional materials and education or referrals for their mammograms.
    • Karen Grindeland will be on site to enroll eligible women in a free or low cost cancer screening program and provide guidance through the processes.
    • Employees of CCHD and CHCC can participate by donating $5 to wear jeans and wear pink to show their support. All proceeds will be donated to Women Against Breast Cancer.

Ask Me Campaign: Just Nails will be providing educational materials about the early detection and screening of Breast Cancer.

The City County Health Department and the Community Health Care Clinic will also continue their cancer outreach efforts into November for their annual “Flu Fit” event, providing Colorectal Cancer prevention and screening information while patients come to get their flu shots.

 For more information about the Montana Cancer Control Program visit: http://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cancer