Anticipating a rise in a demand for services and grappling with a decrease in funding, the Warren office of Adagio Health is asking people to hit the pavement and raise money in the name of women’s health.
The first ever Treasure Your Chest Run/Walk is slated for Saturday Sept. 25 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Youngsville Fire Hall. The 5K run starts at 9 a.m. with 5K walkers taking off at 9:15 a.m.
Event proceeds will benefit the Healthy Women and Community Education programs. The Healthy Women program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings when needed to uninsured eligible women at no cost. The Community Education program provides science-based prevention education on numerous health-related topics.
Currently about 1 in 10 Pennsylvania women is uninsured, according to Linda Mitchell, associate director of communications for the Pittsburgh office of Adagio Health.
“The women who access our cancer screening services often would go without this potentially life-saving care if we were not here to provide it. Due to state budget cuts this year, our cancer screening program is in critical need of additional funds,” Mitchell said. “We expect that the number of women in need of our assistance will grow due to difficult economic times.”
Mitchell indicated that in a normal year, 11,000 woman benefit Healthy Women program.
“However, due to budget cuts, we are only funded to see about 75 percent of that number,” she said. “We try to make up the difference with fundraisers such as this one.”
The Community Education program has grown steadily as more and more communities and schools learn about what Adagio Health offers in the way of education about living healthy lives and avoiding risky behaviors.
“We see more than 40,000 young people each year throughout western Pennsylvania,” Mitchell said of the Community Education program.
Funds raised at the Treasure Your Chest Run/Walk will stay in the local area to benefit the community.
Adagio Health officials are hoping to a large turn-out at the race to help to support the programs Mitchell deems as crucial.
“As we know, breast cancer is most treatable with early detection. Cervical cancer is truly preventable with regular screening and follow-up. However, women who do not have insurance often do not receive the very screenings that can save their lives,” she said.
She added, “Young people are our most valuable resource. Adagio Health’s Community Education Program is committed to providing preventive education to our youth on numerous health-related topics. A focus of these efforts is the Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, a comprehensive program to reduce teen pregnancy and STD and HIV transmission among teens.”
For more information on the race, visit www.adagiohealth.org