Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change

 "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

                                                    ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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Women's Health

 Do you have questions about any of the following health issues?  Click the links to find out the facts and get helpful information to share with your congregation
(all links from except Mammography information and home visitation programs which are local).

Caregiver Stress:
  Most Americans will be informal caregivers at some point during their lives. During any given year, there are more than 44 million Americans (21% of the adult population) who provide unpaid care to an elderly or disabled person 18 years or older. Altogether, informal caregivers provide 80 percent of the long-term care in the United States. Click here for fact sheet.

CholesterolToo much cholesterol in the blood is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in the United States. One way to prevent these diseases is to detect high cholesterol and treat it when it is found. Click here for fact sheet. 

 Colon and Rectal Cancers: Cancer is a disease in which cells become abnormal and form more cells in an uncontrolled way. Cancer that begins in the colon is called colon cancer. Cancer that begins in the rectum is called rectal cancer. Click here for fact sheet.

Cervical Cancer: Cervical cancer is a disease that can be very serious. However, it is a disease that you can help prevent. Click here for fact sheet.

 Depression:  Depression is a medical illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. Click here for fact sheet.

Diabetes: About 24 million Americans have diabetes, about half of whom are women. As many as one quarter do not know they have diabetes. Click here for fact sheet. 

Exercise and Menopause: Feel like you are gaining weight as you age?  It may not be caused by hormonal changes after all. Click here for more info!

Heart Disease:   Among all U.S. women who die each year, one in four dies of heart disease. In 2004, nearly 60 percent more women died of cardiovascular disease (both heart disease and stroke) than from all cancers combined. The older a woman gets, the more likely she is to get heart disease. But women of all ages should be concerned about heart disease. All women should take steps to prevent heart disease. Click here for fact sheet.

Heart Healthy Eating: What you eat affects your risk for having heart disease and poor blood circulation, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Heart disease is the number 1 killer and stroke is the number 3 killer of American women and men. Click here for fact sheet.

Home Visitation Programs:  The Healthy Start Coalition Home Visiting Advisory Council has put together this great summary sheet  of home visitation programs for pregnant moms and new babies in Pinellas.  Click here to view. 

Mammograms:  A mammogram plus a clinical breast exam, an exam done by your doctor, is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Finding breast cancer early greatly improves a woman?s chances for successful treatment.  In Pinellas County, two programs that can help women who are not insured or under-insured get a mammogram at no cost are the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and the Mammography Voucher Program, (MVP).

Floirida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program:

  •    For women 50-64 age, whose
  •    Income is less than or equal to 200% or less of the Federal Poverty level
  •    And who have no insurance or are "under-insured" which means catastrophic
       insurance only

The program provides a no cost clinical breast exam, pap smear, no cost mammogram, no cost diagnostics when needed, and assistance applying for Medicaid, if treatment needed. Call the Pinellas County Health Department at 727-824-6917 for more information and to get application. Or you can visit the website and download the application.  Click here to go to the website.  The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program is a state funded program and located at the Pinellas County Health Department,  205 Dr. ML King Jr. Street N, St. Petersburg.  If you would like someone to come and speak to your group about the program, please contact Monique Whitaker at 727-824-6900 ext. 4465.

 Mammography Voucher Program (MVP)

  • Women ages 40-49*
  • Uninsured or under-insured with low income
  • Must reside in Pinellas County

 *Women under age 40 may be eligible if they meet program criteria, have a personal history of breast cancer, or if they have a breast problem indicative of breast cancer.

Eligibility is determined by the program manager. Contact: Sherrl Fry at 727-820-4117.  Must call to be screened for eligibility and request application. Applicants should have recent clinical breast examination and prescription for mammogram. A list of clinics who give Clinical Breast Exams will be provided upon request. Women screened by MVP are provided diagnostics tests if ordered by radiology staff and if diagnosed are provided access to treatment. MVP is funded by the Suncoast Affiliate of Susan G. Komen  for the Cure and the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund and located at the Pinellas County Health Department, 205 Dr. ML King Jr. Street N, St. Petersburg. 

Overweight, Obesity and Weight Loss: Over 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight, according to 2007 estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Just over one-third of overweight adult women are obese. Click here for fact sheet.

Ovarian Cancer:  About 1 in every 72 women in the United States will develop ovarian cancer. Most cases occur in women over the age of 50, but this disease can also affect younger women. Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Click here for fact sheet.

Pap Test The Pap test, also called a Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of your cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina (birth canal). The Pap test can tell if you have an infection, abnormal (unhealthy) cervical cells, or cervical cancer. Click here for fact sheet. 

Stroke:  A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack." A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. A stroke occurs when part of the brain doesn't get the blood it needs. Click here for fact sheet.

Stress and Your Health:  One recent survey found that women were more likely to experience physical symptoms of stress than men. But we don?t have enough proof to say that this applies to all women. We do know that women often cope with stress in different ways than men. Click here for fact sheet.

Thyroid Disease: A thyroid that is working right will produce the right amounts of hormones needed to keep your body?s metabolism working at a rate that is not too fast or too slow. Click here for fact sheet.


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