Mammography Art Initiative to raise money for uninsured women
WHAT: FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine students will host “Healing,” the second annual art exhibition and auction to raise funds for uninsured and underinsured local women.
The Mammography Art Initiative was established in 2011 to address the need for better access to affordable breast health services, and information about breast health for underserved women in Miami. Last year’s auction raised $10,000, which helped pay for breast health workshops in Hialeah, Opa-locka, Miami Gardens and North Miami Beach, as well as sponsor mammograms for 80 women.
Students hope to raise more than $25,000 this year to expand the project’s scope and impact.
WHY: The Centers for Disease Control lists breast cancer as the most common cancer among women, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Studies have shown mammography reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer, but early detection is key. In the U.S. 39 percent of invasive breast cancers among women are diagnosed at late stage; however in some underserved areas of Miami-Dade County the rates of late stage diagnosis can be as high as 54 percent, according to the Florida Cancer Data System (2004-2009).
WHO: Students from the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, and artists, including Wilma Bulkin Siege, an award-winning artist and retired oncologist.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Bakehouse Art Complex in the Wynwood Art District, 561 NW 32nd St. in Miami.
About The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine:
The FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine graduated its inaugural class on April 29, 2013. The College was approved in 2006 by the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature, and in February 2013 the medical degree program received full accreditation from the Liaison Committee for Medical Education. Among the innovative elements of the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine is a program called Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ that sends teams of medical students along with their counterparts in social work, nursing, and law into the community. The College of Medicine’s mission is to lead the next generation of medical education and improve the quality of health care available to the South Florida community. For more information visithttp://medicine.fiu.edu/.
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded 200,000 degrees and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of Conference USAand has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.