Every Woman Counts

Women’s Health Partnership is a collection of health programs that offer referrals to screenings, education and training to low-income women. These health programs are Every Woman Counts (EWC) and Community Mammography Access Project (CMAP).

Overview

EWC provides free clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests to California’s underserved women. EWC is part of the California Department of Health Care Service’s Cancer Detection and Treatment Branch (CDTB). With the support of bi-cultural and bilingual community health workers, education and outreach activities are offered at various venues in the following languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Cantonese.

Community Health Partnership (CHP) serves as EWC’s Regional Contractor for the central coast, which includes Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Goal

The goal of EWC is to save lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of cancer for Californians through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and integrated preventive services, with special emphasis on the underserved.

Objectives

  • To provide clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests to California’s underserved individuals
  • To provide technical assistance and training to EWC providers
  • To maintain a diverse primary care provider network for EWC patients
  • To provide tailored health education classes about breast and cervical cancer prevention and early detection to individuals who are 21 years or older, with a focus on individuals who are rarely or never screened, uninsured or underinsured, and low-income

Eligibility Criteria

  • Live in California
  • Meet the age requirements (21+ for cervical cancer screening and 40+ for breast cancer screening)
  • Have no or limited health insurance
  • Have health insurance with a co-payment or deductible you can not afford
  • Have a low income household

Enrollment Process for Eligible EWC Recipients

  • Individual contacts EWC network provider (Provider Locator)
  • Provider clinic enrolls individual in the EWC program
  • EWC recipient can start to receive services the day they enroll in EWC
  • Recertification in the EWC program required every year

You can also call: 1-800-511-2300, an automated service with English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Cambodian, Hmong, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese language capabilities is available over the phone, 24 hours, 7 days a week. For more information, click here.

 

Services

Patient Navigation

EWC provides Patient Navigation services to communities who often face significant barriers to accessing and completing cancer screening and diagnostics. Our aim is to reduce cancer screening disparities by helping individuals overcome barriers to care. Our team of patient navigators and community health workers provide one-on-one support with individuals to complete preventative cancer screenings by identifying barriers to healthcare, aiding to resolve these barriers, and providing information for available community resources.

Interested in learning more about EWC Patient Navigation?

Contact Victoria Partida, MPH: victoria@chpscc.org or (408) 579-6005

 

Health Education & Community Outreach

One component of EWC is the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening health education class. The EWC Central Coast region works with a team of bi-cultural and bilingual community health workers to provide health education classes throughout our local communities to individuals who are 21-64 years old, have low income, and have rarely or never been screened.

The main objectives of the health education classes are to:

  • Increase knowledge about risk factors and prevention methods, including regular screening, for breast and cervical cancer
  • Increase perception of personal risk for breast and cervical cancer
  • Increase regular screening for breast and cervical cancer
  • Increase awareness of services offered by EWC

Classes are offered in a variety of settings, including local agencies, community centers, churches, cultural events, fairs, work-sites, libraries, and parent groups. We can also set up a resource table and provide one-on-one outreach at these and other sites.

Interested in scheduling an EWC class or learning more about EWC health education opportunities?

Contact Victoria Partida, MPH: victoria@chpscc.org or (408) 579-6005

Quality Clinical Services

Our EWC Clinical Services promote and administer the EWC program to providers and the clinical community. Our team recruits and maintains our region’s primary care and referral Provider Network to ensure adequate EWC coverage is maintained throughout our region. We administer provider training and quality assurance to the EWC Provider Network to ensure timely and appropriate breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services are provided to EWC recipients.

Interested in becoming an EWC provider within our region’s Provider Network?

Contact our EWC Director and Clinical Coordinator, Julia Barba, MPH: julia@chpscc.org or (408) 579-6041

Review EWC Provider Enrollment Agreements here:

Primary Care Provider Enrollment Agreement Form

Health care providers interested in EWC resources or more information about breast and cervical screening and diagnosis, trainings, and clinical tools can visit:

EWC Resources for Health Care Providers

 

Breast and Cervical Cancer Fact Sheets

Breast Cancer: Know the Facts

Cervical Cancer: Know the Facts

Primary Care Provider Enrollment Agreement Form

 

Contact

For more information about Every Woman Counts, please email:
EWC Director, Julia Barba: julia@chpscc.org
EWC Health Educator, Victoria Partida: victoria@chpscc.org