VA’s Commitment to Women Veterans

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MAY 18, 2017 AT 3:17 PM ET BY SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS DAVID SHULKIN

As we celebrate Women’s Health Week, I am pleased to announce that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has adopted American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40.

The guidelines also recommend starting yearly mammograms by age 45 and then every other year from age 55. The guidelines apply to women at average risk for breast cancer and complement VA’s already-extensive program for breast care for Veterans.

I believe it’s important for our women Veterans to know that they are in control of their care and the care they receive from VA is consistent with or exceeds care in the private sector. Adopting American Cancer Society standards gives Veterans further assurances that their care aligns with other health-care systems.

It’s worth drawing attention to a few other related facts:

  • All eligible women Veterans have access to mammograms either onsite or through care in the community;
  • Currently, 76 percent of women Veterans age 40-49 receive mammograms through VA.
  • VA quality scores from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS), show that women Veterans are much more likely to receive age-appropriate breast cancer screening than women in private sector health care;
  • In 2015, VA provided mammogram screenings to 86 percent of its women Veteran patients age 50-74, compared with the private sector at 73 percent; and
  • VA has established a state-of-the-art information technology Breast Cancer Registry (BCR). The BCR integrates data from several VA sources to provide comprehensive patient specific information about breast cancer screening, test results, past and current breast cancer treatment, and population surveillance of breast care (both in the community and within VA).

Our Acting VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Poonam Alaigh said it perhaps best last week: “Engaging and better servicing the unique healthcare needs of our women Veterans is one of VA’s most important priorities. When it comes to their care, we want women Veterans to be in control of it every day and in every way.”

For more information about VA’s commitment to women Veterans, please visit https://www.va.gov/womenvet/ or call 855-VA-WOMEN (855-829-6636) for information about VA services and resources.

 

Read the original article here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/05/18/vas-commitment-women-veterans

 

A Night of Fashion!

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A Night of Fashion is an event you do not want to miss! Dress fashionable!

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You may have heard about the critical work we conduct at I Will Survive, Inc. If not, we are in approaching our 7th year of serving greater Atlanta area and putting on our annual charity event to raise $10,000 for our programs on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the exquisite Callanwolde from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. We will include amazing local fashion designers, prevention education information, breast cancer resources, motivational speakers, fine art, incredible live music, a silent auction, delicious food, and drinks. Sponsors include the Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority, Peach State Health Plan, I Care Atlanta, Unified Tech, Inc., Nationwide Soluntions, Inc. and more. Gift bag sponsors include Nekola Essentials, Livi Rae Lingerie, and more!

Silent Auction items include Macallan Rare Cask, Jack Daniels Sinatra Select, South African Safari, Tessa Marie Photography Sessions, Vixen Vodka Gift Basket, Shopping Spree’s, Luxury Dining Experiences, and more.

Actress Tangi Miller is your fabulous Host for the evening! Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, Dr. Diana Woodruff, and Brenda Cobb are special Guest Speakers for the event. They will share their incredible stories and impact in our community on health. Recording Artist, Angelina Sherie is the featured artist for the event. Renee Knorr, international model and fashion guru, will host the fashion show portion of the event. You are in for an real treat!

The organization was founded in 2010 by military combat veteran, Anisa Palmer, who lost her mother to breast cancer. We provide economic support, prevention education, and health & wellness services to our community members affected by breast cancer.

Alarming facts: “One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the U.S. and every 19 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with breast cancer.” Your contribution helps us in our life saving programs as we continue to “support the fighters” who are diagnosed with breast cancer and spread prevention tips and education to the communities. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

Please reach the Executive Director, Anisa Palmer, for additional information if needed at Anisa.Palmer@IWillSurviveInc.org and be sure to visit us on the web and like our facebook page, connect with us on instagram, and follow us on twitter.#aNightofFashoin #IWillSurviveInc @IWillSurviveInc

We look forward to seeing you there and thank you for “supporting the fighters” of breast cancer.

Warmest regards,

Event Committee

http://www.IWillSurviveInc.org

Get tickets today! https://iwscharity2017.eventbrite.com

 

 

 

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National Women’s History Month!

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During this great month- I Will Survive will be sharing great information about women of triumph. She may have been a breast cancer survivor, she may be recently diagnosed with breast cancer and you want to honor her to give her hope, or she may have lost the battle to breast cancer. If she fits the above categories- please share so we can honor these women all month on our Facebook page.

Facts: As recently as the 1970’s, women’s history was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness. To address this situation, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978.

The week March 8th, International Women’s Day, was chosen as the focal point of the observance. The local Women’s History Week activities met with enthusiastic response, and dozens of schools planned special programs for Women’s History Week. Over one-hundred community women participated by doing special presentations in classrooms throughout the country and an annual “Real Woman” Essay Contest drew hundreds of entries. The finale for the week was a celebratory parade and program held in the center of downtown Santa Rosa, California.

http://www.nwhp.org/whm/history.php

International Women’s Day was first observed in 1909, but it wasn’t until 1981 that Congress established National Women’s History Week to be commemorated the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month.

http://www.diversityinc.com/diversity-facts/womens-history-month-facts/

Women’s History Month is March

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Take a wonderful woman to a beautiful fashion show fundraiser to show her your appreciate of all her hard work as a woman. Did you know women still only get paid .77 cents on the dollar. President Obama is trying to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. We do not want to go on and on about politics on this blog but it is such a touchy subject still as we think about women’s history.

Let us bring it back to discuss this event. If you missed it last year, you do not want to miss it this year. The I Will Survive, Inc. Fashion Show on the Runway returns again and you should come out. Dress to impress or dress comfortably in style. You choose! At this fashion show you will get some motivation, some survivors, some fashion, some food, wonderful vendors, and live music. All for only $20 dollars on sale now until March 20th. Ticket sales are $40 dollars the door.

Tickets on sale for $20 at www.iwillsurviveinc.org Get yours today!

and Keep On Surviving,

~I Will Survive, Inc.

PO Box 81364Atlanta, GA 30366Phone (404) 483-8503 

Press Release

Contact: Anisa PalmerPhone: (404)483-8503 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE9 A.M. EDT, FEBRUARY 25, 2013

I Will Survive, Inc. Fundraiser on the Runway

Atlanta, GA, FEBRUARY 25, 2013:  Non profit organization, I Will Survive, Inc., founded by service disabled veteran, Anisa Palmer, will have the second annual fundraiser fashion show at the Melia Hotel located off 590 West Peachtree Street. NW Atlanta, GA 30308 on March 30th from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.

I Will Survive, Inc. will have the fundraiser on the runway with some of Atlanta’s hottest designers and talent. Some features will be Atlanta’s musical favorite Quinn and Jukebox, kidney survivor and remarkable painter, Tamara Natalie Madden, who is donating some of her pieces towards the silent auction. Other special guests include NFL Veteran, Ed Hartwell and Author and Motivation speaker, Jack A. Daniels, as guest speakers. Last but not least Comic Pierre Edwards will be hosting. The goal is to raise $10,000 from this event.

I Will Survive, Inc. is trying to acquire a building this year to help more survive and with a physical location, so much more can be done. Last year they were able to provide free mammograms and health screenings to individuals in need, provide additional financial assistance for individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, and provide educational awareness to the lesser-educated communities. All ticket sales go to providing funding for these programs.

I Will Survive, Inc.’s new logo has officially been launched as well and hopes that the communities will be able to better identify with its message of strength and the will to survive.

For more information on becoming a sponsor or vendor please email anisa.palmer@iwillsurviveinc.org for all other inquiries please email contact@iwillsurviveinc.org or visit the website at www.iwillsurviveinc.org. Free event to those diagnosed with breast cancer and breast cancer survivors. Show your support for a good time at Melia Hotel. Purchase tickets now on sale: http://www.iwillsurvivesignature2.eventbrite.com where all ticket sales goes towards funding the programs of I Will Survive, Inc.

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