Amanda Woodworth, MD, Director of Breast Health, was named a recipient of the Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Community Grant for 2018-2019. With this grant, the Drexel Breast Health and Wellness Program will support Komen Philadelphia in its mission to provide breast health education, screening and treatment to women in underserved communities—a mission that has been central to Dr. Woodworth's work.
Since joining Drexel in 2016, Dr. Woodworth has engaged women in the Greater Philadelphia area in conversations surrounding the importance of breast cancer screening modalities, including 3D mammography and genetic testing. With Community Navigator Jihan Langston-Davis, Dr. Woodworth has attended events, talks and health fairs with the goal of providing outreach and education to the most critically underserved populations. As a result of this outreach, the Healthy Women Program has provided screening mammograms to over 100 women who have limited-to-no health insurance.
When Dr. Woodworth learned that Hahnemann University Hospital had a high percentage of patients presenting with later stage breast cancer, she was moved to action.
"I wanted to find out why that was and where these patients were coming from," Dr. Woodworth said.
Using a process called geo-mapping, Dr. Woodworth and her team pinpointed the communities in which late stage cancers are most common, which gives them the ability to target specific areas in the Philadelphia region for outreach.
"With this information, we can target the communities that need education and screening mammograms to prevent late stage breast cancer by identifying it in its early stage. Breast cancer can be curable if you catch it in time," Dr. Woodworth said.
The grant money from Komen Philadelphia will directly help patients by providing funds to help women in underserved communities obtain proper screening and treatment.